WEST COLUMBIA - The funeral service for Mr. Paul Albert Hansen, 66, of West Columbia, will be held 2 o""'clock, Thursday, September 23, 2010, at The First Presbyterian Church, Lady and Marion Streets, with The Rev. David H. Lauten and The Rev. J.J. Diaz officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in The Atrium of Jackson Hall. A private interment will precede the service at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Creation Ministries Int., PO Box 6302, Acacia Ridge, Queensland, Australia 4110 (www.creationontheweb.com). Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, is assisting the family.
Mr. Hansen died Sunday, September 19, 2010. Born in Los Angeles, CA, he was a son of the late Paul Bellinger Hansen and Lois Cady Hansen. Paul moved from California to Alaska, where he worked as a commercial salmon fisherman. He later joined the US Army and served with the first support group sent into Viet Nam. As these duties left him free on weekends, he would volunteer to play his trumpet with missionaries whenever possible. After marrying Linda Penton, he attended the Spartan School of Aeronautics where he earned his A&P license. When the family moved to Columbia in August of 1969, Paul enrolled at Columbia Bible College, where he earned a BA in Biblical Education and graduated magna cum laude. During his career as an engineer, Paul worked at Owens Field and Miller Aviation as well as with American Tool and Die, retiring in 2000.
A member of First Presbyterian Church, Paul participated in the handbell choir and the Men""'s Sunday School Class. In 2007 he traveled to Guatemala for six months to learn Spanish, so that he could embark on his current project of translating Creation without Compromise into the Spanish language.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Linda P. Hansen; children, Wayne (Lisa) Hansen of Charlotte; Thorvy (Stacey) Hansen and their children: Morgan, Christopher, Kaytlin, and Claire, all of Talmo, Ga.; Tanya (John) Thomas and their children: Ethan, Annalisa, Alisha and Carissa, all of Dacula, Ga; Andrew (Jessica) Hansen and their children: Anemone, Isaiah, Joy, Robin and Josiah, all of St. Elmo, TN; Laura (Philip) Kuo and daughter, Pepper, all of Nashville, TN; Susan (Nathaniel) Inman and son, Jack, all of Brandon, MS; Samuel Hansen of the US Army, stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas; Anoma Hansen of Moscow, ID and Vicki Hansen of Columbia; brother, Peter Hansen of Eugene, OR; sister, Lois Hansen of Monterrey, CA; and niece, Heather Hansen. ShivesFuneralHome.com 803.754.6290