Gregory Roy "Greg" Hansbraugh (1949 - 2017)

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Lifelong Alaskan Gregory "Greg" Roy Hansbraugh, age 68, passed away suddenly on Nov. 14, 2017, after a valiant battle with a long illness at St. Elias Specialty Hospital, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Mr. Hansbraugh was born on Feb. 16, 1949. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, and hockey. He was the only child of Jean Faye Ellison, who preceded him in death. She was a loving, single mother who raised Greg to be a person of integrity with a strong work ethic. Greg started working at a young age delivering newspapers to residents of the McKay building in downtown Anchorage. On March 27, 1964, at age fifteen, he was working at the Red Ram motel and restaurant on 5th Avenue, when the megathrust earthquake struck Alaska.
Greg worked weekends and summers as a teenager saving for his first car that he purchased with his own savings when he turned sixteen. Greg joined the U.S. Navy in 1967, and served his country with grace and honor for six years. He believed in freedom, and the right to bear arms. He was a proud U.S. Veteran and loved his country. Greg received an honorable discharge from the navy in 1973 and worked in the hospitality industry including Sheffield Hotel, the Black Angus and Captain Cook Hotel.
In the summer of 1979, he met the love of his life, Marvel, the day she arrived in Anchorage to spend the summer with relatives. They were introduced that evening by Marvel's aunt, and sparks flew. On Thanksgiving Day, they went for a stroll after dinner. Greg got down on one knee and proposed to Marvel on that warm snowy night 38 years ago. Greg and Marvel wed the following April of 1980. They enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. In 1985, they welcomed their only child, Mistee, into the world. Greg adored her and marveled at how much she looked like him.
Greg was a protective, loving and devoted father. He worked unpredictable hours most of his career, but chose to spend time with his daughter over much needed rest. He'd pick her up from school every day, and bought more happy meals than he probably should have. Greg took Mistee with him whenever he could. They were two peas in a pod and enjoyed countless adventures together. He taught her how to fish, use power tools, and drive a truck.
In 1988, Greg joined the Providence Health System. During his career with Providence, he served as an example to his fellow employees by demonstrating the mission through his daily actions. He retired from Providence after fifteen years of dedicated service.
Greg was an amazing husband, father, papa, and friend. He adored his wife and cherished her with love and treated her like gold. They were best friends and soulmates for 38 years. Greg was a friend and mentor to many people. Throughout his life, he helped numerous people who were down on their luck or in need of a helping hand. He was the kind of person that would give you the shirt off his back; all you had to do was ask. His unique and special qualities were unfounded. He was compassionate, big-hearted, witty, and kind. He touched and enriched many lives with his generosity, courtesy, kindness, and wit. He was strong and prepared in a crisis. He was an excellent listener, always patient and dependable. His sense of humor was one of his strongest attributes.
Greg is survived by his wife, Marvel Hansbraugh; daughter and son-in-law, Mistee and Sean Davis; and one grandchild, Harper Michele, who fondly called him papa; and brother-in-laws, Charles and Duke Minium.
He will be deeply missed and remembered by his family and friends as a person of integrity, compassion, and generosity; he was truly larger-than-life. His dedication to his family was paramount and he loved with his whole heart.
Per his wishes, there will be no service held. A private celebration of life is planned in the spring of 2018, at Greg's favorite ocean front destination with the waves crashing as they play over the mountain peaks of Kachemak Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations to the AMVETS (American Veterans) of Alaska are appreciated.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2017
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