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Published December 30, 2013, 08:33 PM

Valley Memorial CEO dies

Greg Hanson, president and CEO of Valley Memorial Homes, a church-connected nonprofit group that includes several large long-term care centers in Grand Forks, died Sunday in his home. He was 59.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

Greg Hanson, president and CEO of Valley Memorial Homes, a church-connected nonprofit group that includes several large long-term care centers in Grand Forks, died Sunday in his home.

He was 59.

Under his leadership, Valley Memorial became one of the state’s largest long-term care organizations in North Dakota, according to its leadership.

On its website, group leaders said of Hanson, who had helmed the organization since 2002: “His caring attitude for the residents, tenants, families, staff and the community was evident in his everyday life.”

Hanson led the nonprofit “through many building projects and the addition of new long-term care services,” according to the website.

Supported by 26 Lutheran congregations in and around Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, Valley Memorial Homes includes five facilities on three campuses, including Valley 4000 on 24th Avenue South and South 42nd Street, Valley Eldercare on the Altru Health System campus on South Columbia Road and Tufte Manor on South Cherry Street.

Hanson is survived by his wife, Stella, and a son and a daughter.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks; a visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Amundson Funeral Home, Grand Forks.

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