Dr. Rulan S. Hansen, DVM

Monday, March 30, 2015 4:56 pm

Dr. Rulan S. Hansen, DVM, 93, of Decorah, died Thursday morning, March 26, 2015, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah. Graveside services are at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, in Annis Little Butte Cemetery in Rigby, Idaho, with full military honors. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, and Tuesday morning beginning at 10 a.m. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family, along with Flamm Funeral Home of Rexburg, Idaho. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com.

Dr. Rulan Sylvester Hansen, DVM, was born Jan. 22, 1922, at home in Independence, Idaho, the son of Hans Martin and Emma (Jensen) Hansen. He attended 1-8th grade in Independence, and was a 1940 graduate of Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho. He received an associate degree in 1942 from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho; B.S. and M.S. degrees from Utah State University; and a DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1957. Rulan was proud to have served his country during WWII from 1942-1946, as an aviation electronics technicians mate 1st Class in the U.S. Navy. Rulan was united in marriage with Mary Pickett in Idaho Falls, Idaho May 13, 1950.  They were blessed with two children,  James Rulan and Marcia Jeanette. The family moved to Decorah in 1957, where Rulan began his career as doctor of veterinary medicine with the Decorah Veterinary Clinic, retiring in 1987.  He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, VFW, American Veterinary Association and Oneota Golf Country Club. Rulan also was a member of Phi Zeta at Iowa State, an honorary scholastic fraternity.

Rulan is survived by his wife, Mary; one son, James (Mary) Hansen of Rochester, Minn.; one daughter, Marcia (Mike) Black of Billings, Mont.; six grandchildren: Amanda, Matthew and Elizabeth Hansen, all of Rochester, Minn.; and Meagan (A.J.) Jones, Stuart (Britta) Black and Jared (Chanel) Black, all of Salt Lake City, Utah; three great-grandchildren: Isaac Jones, Elizabeth Jones and Melanie Black, all of Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; four brothers: Curtis, Leonard, Jewel and Delbert; and two sisters, Blanche Hansen and Cleo Hansen.

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