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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