August 13, 1928 - July 26, 2013 CHOCTAW John Harvey Hansen passed from this earth Friday, July 26, 2013. John was born on August 13, 1928 in Winslow, Arizona. After high school he attended Brigham Young University for two years before receiving a call in August, 1948 from LDS Church president George A. Smith to serve a mission. He honored the call and served a two year mission in New Zealand, fulfilling his duty and being released in December of 1950. After his mission, John applied to become an Air Cadet and was ultimately selected and enlisted in the US Air Force in July, 1951. In 1953 he met Janet C. Larson at a church function and after a brief courtship they were married in September of that year in the St. George Utah LDS Temple. Their union bore five children over the course of the next 7 years. In 1959 while stationed in Seattle, John began studying at the University of Washington and in 1961 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. From there he was transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. During his time there he was enrolled in the Air Force Institute of Technology and graduated in June, 1966 with a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduating he received orders for a tour in Viet Nam. He served a year there as a fighter pilot in 1966-67, flying F4 Phantoms. During his tour he was awarded a Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor and skill in a combat mission. When he returned to the States from his tour he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. After serving 20 years he retired from the Air Force with the rank of Major in 1971. John remained in Oklahoma the rest of his life. After his Air Force career, he took a job with the Science and Technology Department at Rose State College in Midwest City teaching Electrical Engineering and related courses. He eventually was appointed Associate Dean of the Department and retired in 1999. His wife Janet died in 2008 and in January 2011 he met his second love, Elfriede H.M. Wallmersperger. They married in July of that year and were sealed in the Oklahoma City temple in 2013. John was a lifelong, faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His faith played an important part in his life and he accepted many church callings and served faithfully throughout his life. He truly believed in helping others and would selflessly help friend or stranger whenever he saw the opportunity. John was loved and respected by those who knew him. He felt he had lived a good, full life and was ready for his fate when it arrived. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Larson Hansen and his daughter, Thais Hansen. He is survived by his second wife Elfriede Hansen, his son R Jay Hansen and his wife Peggy, his daughter Suzanne Hansen, his son Ross Hansen and his wife Nola and his daughter Sherry Foster and her husband Curtis and his grandchildren Sarah LaGeuex and Lyndsey Hansen, Kellen Hansen, Tayler Chambers and Cara and Molly Hansen, Luke, Mason and Sydney Foster and great granddaughters K. Lee Lageuex and Abbey Hansen. We are full of sorrow as we lost a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who had a sharp mind and great talent for music and writing. A viewing will be held Friday, August 2, from 6 to 8 PM at the Hibbs Funeral Home, 2190 North Harper Road, Choctaw, OK. Church services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, August 3, at the LDS Church in Choctaw at 100 N. Indian Meridian (at the intersection of Reno & Indian Meridian) with a viewing from 1:00 to 1:45 pm prior to service. Committal will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Choctaw, with full military honors. The family asks that remembrances be made to: The Missionary Fund, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 15 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.
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Published in The Oklahoman from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013