HANSEN, Vernon Layne (Age 59) Of Monroe, Washington passed away unexpectedly on March 31, 2010, at Providence Everett Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born July 13, 1950, in Montpelier, Idaho, the son of Vernon Hansen and John and Doris Beins. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1969 and served in the National Guard from 1969 until 1975. Layne served as adeputy sheriff in Bonner County where he received the Medal of Valor for his heroic action during the Bonner County jail fire. He was a certified diver as well as a hunting and fishing guide. For many years he worked in theheating and air conditioning business and later worked as a self-employed contractor and finish carpenter. Layne enjoyed time with his extended family including his many nieces and nephews at Priest Lake, one of his favorite places. Much of his free time was spent hunting and fishing with his brothers-in-law. Layne enjoyedhiking, camping, and fishing on family trips to the many National Parks. He enjoyed watching his children in their various sporting events during the time that the family lived in Colfax (1992-1996). He treasured his children and grandchildren. He also received much pleasure in helping his father-in-law, Kenneth Berry, on the family wheat farm. He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon John Hansen. He issurvived by his loving wife of 34 years, Joanie (Berry) Hansen of Monroe, along with their children, Nathan Hansen and Brooke (Hansen) Thompson both of Bellingham, and two daughters from a previous marriage, Sandy Campbell and Trinia Richardson. He leaves behind seven grandchildrenincluding Noah and Tayvin Thompson, three brothers, one sister andnumerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Layne's life will be held Friday, April 9, 2010, at 11 A.M. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Colfax, Washington, followed by graveside services at the Colfax Cemetery. We would especially like to thank the critical care nurses and staff atProvidence Everett Medical Center, Colby Campus for their thoughtfulness and exemplary care. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Northwest Children's Home Recreational Programming Fund, P.O. Box 1288, Lewiston, Idaho 83501.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2010