Velda J. (Miller) Hansen (1942 - 2012)

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INDEPENDENCE – Velda J. Hansen, 70 years old, of Independence, died peacefully with her family present on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. She was born on August 8, 1942, in Waterloo, the daughter of Melvin and Eva Rose (Seemann) Miller. She grew up on a farm near LaPorte City, where she learned the value of hard work from her parents. Velda graduated from the high school in Jesup, Iowa, with the Class of 1958. She then started working at Wapsie Valley Creamery in Independence as a bookkeeper. By the time of her retirement in 2010, she was the office manager. She met her future husband, James Henry Hansen, at the creamery between the milk cans. They were married on October 21, 1962, at Zion Lutheran Church – Jubilee in rural LaPorte City, Iowa. Velda is survived by her husband of 50 years, James, two sons, Kevin (Laura) Hansen of Independence and Kendal (Tammie) Hansen of Vinton, and one daughter, Kristi (James) Clayton of Jesup, Iowa. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two sisters, Margie Miller of Waterloo, Iowa, and Joyce (Dennis) Becker of Jesup.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Kurt Hansen.
Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct 5, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Independence with Pastor Kurt Bockoven officiating. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery in Independence. Visitation was held on Thursday, Oct. 4th, at the White Funeral Home in Independence. On line condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Oct. 10 to Oct. 27, 2012