RACINE - William Emil 'Skip' Hansen, 75, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on Tuesday, December 18, 2007. William was born in Racine on July 7, 1932, to William and Mary (nee: Drummond) Hansen. After the death of his father, William was raised by his mother and step-father, Warren Hamacher. He married the former Sylvia Pat 'Patty' Monfeli in Racine on May 14, 1955. They spent 52 wonderful years of marriage together. William served in the United States Air Force for five years. He was a Sheet Metal Worker by trade and was actively involved in Apprenticeships both during his career and in retirement. William was very active in supporting the union, serving as President. William loved to golf and spend time woodworking. He carved the Eagle located at the Marathon on the corner of Main Street and Three Mile Road. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Pat 'Patty' Hansen; children, Mark Scott Hansen, Mary Jane (Robert) Marks, and Linda (James) Gray; grandchildren, Luke Marks, Veda Evans, Jamie Gray, Damion Gray, and Kelsey Gray; great-granddaughter, Savannah; and his sisters, Marilyn Fuller, Billie Marie (Robert) Cote, and Penny (Jack) Zaden. William is also survived by other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother; father; step-father; one brother, Jackie; and sister, Bonnie. Memorial services for William will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, December 23, 2007, at 4 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Barrows officiating. According to William's wishes, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for the purchase of a bench in memory of William to be placed at Shoop Park or to the charity of one's choice have been suggested. PURATH-STRAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY 3915 Douglas Avenue 639-8000 www.purath-strand.com
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Published in Racine Journal Times on Dec. 22, 2007