CARL H. HANSEN, age 73, of Blue Earth, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at United Hospital, Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 10:30 AM, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden, with Rev. Greg Ofsdahl officiating. Burial will follow in Alden City Cemetery, Alden, MN. Visitation time will be from 3:00 to 7:00 PM Friday, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th Street in Blue Earth and one hour prior to services at the church. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.comCarl was born January 2, 1939, at Thompson, Iowa, the son of Albert and Nellie (Olson) Hansen. He was raised and educated in Alden where he attended Alden High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1962 where he was stationed at various bases in the US and in Japan, Thailand and Korea. He returned to the Alden & Albert Lea areas and was married to Violet Thorland. He later moved to Fairmont where he became a truck driver for Beaver Transport of New Ulm. He moved to Blue Earth in the early 1970''s and began Carl Hansen Truckin in 1978. He was married to Betty A. Kahler on September 25, 1982 in Mankato. Carl hauled mostly grain and feed for many years, hauling his last load in November 2011. He was a longtime member of the Blue Earth American Legion Post 89 and was a fan of sports of most any kind. He rarely missed any televised baseball or football game whether professional or college and particularly enjoyed watching with his family on the weekends. His shop door was always open to anyone who wanted to stop by and visit.Carl is survived by his wife, Betty Hansen of Blue Earth, his daughter, Carla Hansen of Burnsville, his son, Hugh (Leah) Hansen of Blue Earth, his son, Eric Hansen of Blue Earth, his sister, Annette Tatarek of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, his brother, Donald (Elaine) Hansen of Alden, his sister, Pauline Wach of Albert Lea, his granddaughter, Wendy Hansen (Fiance Matt Jensen) of Bloomington.He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters- Margaret Dickerson & Marion Halverson and an infant brother, Herman.