Roger Brent Hansen, 49, of Idaho Falls, passed away in his home in Osgood on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
Roger was born Oct. 31, 1963, to Reed Hansen and Marilyn Hoff Hansen in Idaho Falls. He was the fourth of five children and took an early start in life exploring the farm and learning about the world around him.
As a child, Roger was captivated by electricity and collected glass power-line insulators, drew diagrams and built amazing contraptions. His fascination turned to machines, which included his father's car. He bought a used pickup in high school, which he tinkered with and modified and kept with him his whole life. He took as many automotive courses as he could in high school and then attended what is now Eastern Idaho Technical College, where he studied auto repair. His passion continued, and he eventually owned his own diesel tractor and auto-repair business.
Roger was known for his brilliant ability to improvise and for his honesty and seeming genius to make something work when no one else could. His unconventional approach was appreciated by so many of his customers, including the local farming community. He was well-known by automotive enthusiasts, including those in parts, restoration of antique tractors and classic cars. That pickup from high school eventually became Roger's recreation when he joined a 4x4 off-road club. Roger enjoyed spending time with friends and was always up for an evening with his bowling buddies.
Roger is survived by his mother, Marilyn Hoff Hansen; siblings, Mark (Dani) of Idaho Falls, Karen (Vern) of Pullman, Wash., and Bruce (Sandy) and Kris, both of Idaho Falls.
He was preceded in death by his father, Reed.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls, with Bishop George Cook officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls.
Online condolences may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.