Gene Hansen - September 01, 2009Gene W. Hansen, 76, a lifetime resident of Hamilton County, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at his home in Aurora.
Funeral services are pending at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.
Gene W. Hansen, son of Chris and Edith Hansen, was born Nov. 10, 1932, at the home place, three and one-half miles north of Aurora.
Following two years at Dana College at Blair, where he met Arlene Houtwed of Ruskin, he volunteered for the Army draft and spent 14 months in Korea during the Korean Conflict. After returning from Korea, Gene and Arlene were married in Ruskin on July 31, 1954.
He and his wife found great satisfaction in caring for the land and livestock that occupied their lives for more than 55 years.
Travelling was always something Gene enjoyed, and he and Arlene visited all 50 states and numerous foreign countries during their years together. The reality of God’s claim on his life became very real to Gene as he passed midlife and he became a serious student of God’s Word. For more than 50 years he taught Sunday school classes and served in various ministries in the local area. Nebraska Christian school board, Christian Resource Center, Praise Radio Ministries and Pleasant View Bible Church board where among some of his chosen areas of involvement.
In his retirement years, countless hours were spent in his basement shop constructing toys of all descriptions for his granddaughters.
Gene’s love of the Lord and his affection for his family were the strong forces that gave meaning to his life. His prayer was that on the dash between the dates would be written “well done.”
Survivors include his wife Arlene; one son, Gary (Anita) of Aurora; two daughters, Sandra Wentworth of Ellensburg, Wash. and Deborah (Steve) Mead of Aurora; one brother, Calvin Hansen of Aurora; two sisters, Elizabeth Hungerford of Portland, Ore. and Shirley Sorensen of Colorado Springs, Colo. and eight granddaughters.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Marjorie Doede.