Hans Stavig Theodore Floan, of Mt. Horeb, Wis., died at his home Good Friday -- April 18, 2014. The Rite of Christian Burial was at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mt. Horeb, Wis. Visitation was 4:30-6:15 p.m. at ELC. Internment was Monday, April 28, at the Mt. Horeb Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a generous gift to: ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) FUND FOR LEADERS South-Central Wisconsin Synod (ELCA), 2909 Landmark Place, Suite 202, Madison, WI 53713.

Hans Stavig Theodore Floan was born to Oscar and Esther Floan in Sisseton, S.D., Oct. 8, 1942, joining older sister Pauline. The family later relocated to the Seattle region. Hans graduated from Shoreline High School in 1960; Pacific Lutheran University in 1964 (B.A. psychology); Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1969 (M.Div.). He was ordained as a pastor of the American Lutheran Church June 22, 1969.  Known to many simply as Pastor Floan, Hans served congregations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. He retired from active ministry in Oct. 2012. In high school, Hans excelled at music, theater and sports. An avid mountaineer, skilled fisherman and proud Eagle Scout, Hans enjoyed all the Pacific Northwest offered, trolling Puget Sound's silver waters, scaling the Cascade and Olympic peaks and serving as a seasoned member of Seattle Mountain Rescue. One Christmas Hans met Connie Bodding, a Latin and French instructor from Ada, Minn., at the Shoreline home of Rev. Dr. Carl and Jean (Birdie) Peterson. Jean, who was Connie's great aunt, acted as matchmaker, commenting to Connie: "You'll have to work hard to get a word in edgewise because he talks so much." Connie rose to the challenge. Hans and Connie were married July 9, 1967. As a powerful singer and eager actor, Hans participated in community choirs, plays, musicals, including the Decorah Chorale and Luren Singers (Decorah), Mt. Horeb Chorale and Evangelical Lutheran Church Choir (Mount Horeb, Wis.), and the Grieg Chorus (Madison, Wis.).  Hans was diagnosed with renal cancer in late 2007 and underwent a nepherectomy (kidney removal) in 2008. In 2010, however, cancer was discovered to have metastasized in the lungs. Chemotherapy followed, with very good quality of life. In late 2013, the cancer overtook available treatments. He spent his final weeks at home in Mount Horeb, Wis., under the watchful care of Agrace Hospice staff, surrounded by friends and family. 

Hans is survived by his wife, Connie (Bodding) Floan; son Erik of Winona, Minn.; daughter Ingrid and husband Michael Erickson, granddaughter Disa, of Mount Horeb, Wis.; son Einar and wife Amy, grandson Oscar and granddaughter Kajsa, of Evansville, Wis.; and son Obed and wife Megan of Norman, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Esther; and sister, Pauline Evans.

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