Ronald Jay "Ron" Hansen
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Ronald 'Ron' Jay Hansen
Nov. 17, 1937 - Oct. 8, 2020
Ronald Jay Hansen was born Nov. 17, 1937 in Kansas City, Mo., and passed away Oct. 8, 2020 with a smile on his face at his Lake Oswego home surrounded by family.
As a first generation American, Ron was fiercely proud of his Danish heritage (Skål!). He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Whittier College in 1961. Post college, he achieved his lifelong dream, (albeit a short-lived 2 week stint!) of playing in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers. He spent one year with the U.S. Army in the Southern states where he developed his aversion to catfish and tuna casserole.
In 1963, Ron met the love of his life, Viola "Vi" in Los Angeles. They were married for 55 years.
The center of Ron's world was his family which includes his one and only granddaughter, Luci, who brought much joy into his life. A highlight of Luci's periodic visits was an outing for sushi followed by ice cream—a treasured tradition cherished by both "Grandpa" and Luci.
Ron enjoyed nothing more than a large, extended family gathering. The annual family Thanksgiving celebration held a special place in his heart. Was it the food or the family that took top billing? Probably equal measures of both. Ron never met a piece of candy he didn't like, and believed that bacon was the fifth food group. You could always count on Ron to crack a joke and to serve as the "life of the party" with his quick wit and sparkling blue eyes. He truly was a friend to all.
Ron had a passion for all things real estate that continued with him throughout his life. His enjoyment of people was evident in his 40+ years as a Realtor where doing what's right and where the principle in a given situation were paramount to the way he conducted himself. His work ethic was second to none and he refused to retire. His interests also included the history of WW II and travel. Paris and Prague were favorite destinations.
A man of deep Christian faith, Ron found satisfaction in helping establish his church, Community of Faith in West Linn. Throughout his adult life, he fulfilled multiple roles in church leadership.
Survivors include his loving wife, Vi; daughters, Stephanie Love (Jim) , Christina Day (Evan); granddaughter, Luci Love; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Legacy Hospice for their role in providing end-of-life care. Remembrances may be made to Legacy Hospice, Shepherd's Door or charity of choice.
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Published in The Oregonian from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, 2020.
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October 28, 2020
Ron was like a Dad to me! He was always full of love and laughter. And his famous drawer full of candy!! I've known him ever since Christina & I met in grade school.
We will always quote him, calling him precious like he called our kids.
We'll always remember the day my kids (jetlagged) had come downstairs in Lake Oswego in the wee hours. Undeterred by Ron's presence (asleep), they devoured the whole bowl of trail mix that Ron & Vi had thoughtfully put out for us! Their food and hospitality was always unforgettable!! Our kids have grown a lot since then, but will always rave about Ron!
Like a dad, Ron was there to give advice, to lend a hand, and give hugs.

We Kaboths all loved him dearly, like family.

He was, and always will be, simply precious!

With lots of Love to Vi, Stephanie & Christina,

Karen & Daniel, Maya, Elena & Joshua in Munich, Germany

Karen Wayland Kaboth
October 27, 2020
I met Ron when I started in Real Estate over 25 years ago in the Raleigh Hills office of Lutz Snyder. He also called me "young man" and I'd answer back "young man"... and he really isn't that much older than me. He was always willing to help over and above what was expected. A genuinely good, nice and honest human being, the world isn't as good as it was with him in it. He will be missed!
Pat Prentice
October 27, 2020
Mr. Hansen...that's what I called him. He called me Young Man. We shared an office for awhile(Christina too). We loved talking sports together and some real estate too. I will think of you often and miss our times together. Thoughts and prayers.
Mark Warmanen
October 26, 2020
We feel so lucky to have known Ron, who helped us buy our first house (and others later) many years ago. We were young and broke, and Ron was wise and patient. He became a friend, along with the rest of his family. He and Christina have taught us a lot and that wisdom will live on in us forever, including what “good bones” in a house means and how to be a good person. Thank you, Ron!
Melissa and Matt
October 26, 2020
I first met Ron when he and Vi (my sister) were dating. Soon
he became a part of our large family with all the festivities & celebrations which he loved. The annual Thanksgiving gathering was always a highlighted event. We will miss his laughter! It was evident his family was most important to
him and he dearly loved them.
Ron enjoyed all things related to real estate and was always
up on the latest market trends. He lived life by the Golden Rule; always kind, thoughtful and generous.
Ron will be thought of often and remembered always!!
Mary Lou Stewart
October 26, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Mary Lou Stewart
October 26, 2020
Ron was a true gentlemen and will be missed beyond measure by his work family.
Jason Waugh
October 25, 2020
Ron was the sweetest man. I’ve been friends with Christina since we were 11 and he always cracked me up with his dry sense of humor. He loved his family so much and will be greatly missed in this world. Love to you all. Shona
Shona MacKenzie
October 25, 2020
A life filled with family and joy. He sure will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.
Sarah Neal
October 25, 2020
Loved seeing the smile on his face.
Carol Day
October 23, 2020
What a great friend and fun guy to be with always.
Ron Waite
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