Louis I. Hansford

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Louis I. Hansford, age 68, of Valparaiso, passed away at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago, IL at 2:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013. He had been in ill health the past eight months. Louis was born in Valparaiso on August 19, 1944, the son of Curtis E. and Eva B. (Owens) Hansford. He lived in Valparaiso most of his life. He was married February 8, 1972 in Valparaiso to Rose Marie "Rosie" (Green) Hansford, who survives. Also surviving are: one daughter, Candy Shaye (Michael) Fisher; and one son, Timothy "Tim" Ray (Michele) Hansford, both of Valparaiso; two brothers: Frederick O. Hansford of AZ and Larry C. Hansford of OH; three sisters: Berniece N. Duffy of AZ, Ruth A. (Von) Riemenschneider of GA, and Jane (James) Conley of GA; five grandchildren: Miranda A. Hansford, Abigail A. Fisher, Zachary L. Fisher, Savannah N. Hansford, and Madison S. Fisher. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Francis and Edgar; one sister, Darlene; and two granddaughters: Faith A. Fisher and Rebecca M. Fisher. Louis served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 in Vietnam where he was a mechanic/ welder. For 43 years, he was an Operating Engineer Local 150, as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic and had been retired for 10 years. Louis had also owned and operated a truck stop in Westville, IN followed by Louis Repair Service in Jackson Township for 40 years with the assistance of Pollok Franny and Don Weitzel. He was a member of the VFW Post 988, the American Legion Post 94, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie 2517 all of Valparaiso. Louis also belonged to several antique tractor clubs. Visitation will be at Graceland Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held there at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013. A luncheon will be held immediately following the funeral at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 805 Elm Street Valparaiso. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Published in The Times from May 10 to May 11, 2013
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