Harold Hanser, 83, who had been Yellowstone County attorney for 20 years, died Feb. 14, 2014, in Power’s Cottage at St. John’s Lutheran Home.
He was born at home on the family farm in Broadview on Aug. 16, 1930, to William and Helen (Benesh) Hanser.
He attended St. Patrick High School in Billings and graduated from Holy Rosary High School in Bozeman. He received a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and a law degree from the University of Montana.
After a term as deputy county attorney and practicing law in the Derry, Hanser & Derry law firm, Mr. Hanser was elected as the Yellowstone county attorney, a position he held for 20 years. He put into practice his belief in social and restorative justice, becoming an advocate for women, children and victims of crime.
He served on the Montana Youth Council, Gateway House, State Bar Association, local and state DUI Task Forces, Board of Crime Control, Rimrock Foundation and St. John Lutheran Ministries. He was active in the Democratic Party. He had served in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Army, retiring at a rank of lieutenant colonel.
His wife of 58 years, Marieanne, died Jan. 8, 2014.
Survivors include three brothers, William Hanser, Paul Hanser and Ralph Hanser; four children, Stephen Hanser, Stephanie Hanser, Jeff Hanser and Brett Hanser; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 18-19, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Vigil at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with Funeral Mass at noon Friday, all at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral.
Memorials may be made to Angela’s Piazza or Gateway House.