Harry C. Hansen
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Hansen, Harry C. age 89, of Golden Valley, went to be with the Lord on 8/23/10. Preceded in death by parents, Hans Peter and Anna Hansen; brothers, James, Arthur and Ray. Survived by wife of 65 years, Bev; children, Julie (Sue) Fredlund, Gary, Larry (Carrie), Sue (Jerry) Bahe, Danny (Lynda) and Peggy (Tim) Johnson; 19 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; and sister, Myrtle Whipps. Harry served in the Marine Corps in WWII. During the Battles of Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, he was wounded twice and received two Purple Hearts. Memorials preferred to Calvary Cooperative. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorial service Thursday 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley. Washburn-McReavy Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643

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Published in Star Tribune on Aug. 24, 2010.
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September 2, 2010
I'm very sorry to hear, that Harry past away. I only visit him and his lovely wife Beverly once in 1986, but I remember him as a very nice and caring man/husband/father.
Good bless you all.
Lillian Suadicani (cousin from Denmark)
Lillian Suadicani
August 31, 2010
To a great man of the MAN generation! God bless your soul and your family! You are and will continue to be a true hero...
Daniel King
August 30, 2010
Harry My Beloved Adopted Dad, I will miss you terribly!!! You have added so much to my life. You will always be in my heart. I have many memories of you and the times I spent at your house. I can only hope and pray that my boys will grow to be a truly wonderful father and mentor as you have for me!!!! I love you so much,
Love your "Adopted Daughter" Linder Trombley, Nisswa, MN
Linda Trombley
August 29, 2010
Lately, it seems, every non-digital clock I stumble across reminds me of you. How on the hour and half hour there was a joyous & beautiful cacophony. Those sounds measured out the segments of our lives, of your life, and provided markers.

While I type, I feel the bones in my right hand tighten as they did whenever you shook my hand. Your handshake was as distinct as you.

I'll never forget how you drove. The way you'd reach across and grab my knee. I'd wince and laugh. I could never predict when you'd do it. And then the way you'd slide your hands across the steering wheel, pretending to turn as though we'd spin a cookie right there.

And I won't forget your selflessness, your humility, your generosity, and your faithfulness. You set a high standard, and I hope my life, in some way, will match that standard.
Nathaniel Hansen
August 27, 2010
Once upon a time in Crystal, we were young boys playing with Tinker-toys, lincoln logs and a sturdy fire engine. Nearby the grown ups played soul stirring old timey music.

Smiling, Grandpa Harry tapped his toe and sang along.

In the background several well tuned clocks kept a steady pulse.

Faintly from upstairs - Grandma Bev's voice and laughter could be heard...the girls were cooking something that made the whole house smell delicious.

These are fond memories for me.

As a boy I did not realize how special these times were and how much of a wonderful person Harry truly was. It wasn't until I was an adult that I learned about his consistently heroic determination in WWII. I also did not know about decades of positively impacting the lives of so many kids at schools.

It is evident that he became a family anchor and a well of dignity for all of us to draw from.

I can appreciate that Harry left us the same way he lived, with dignity.

Thanks for being such a great example for us all Grandpa.

Grandma, we love you very much.

-Lee

p.s. 30 years later...my kids favorite music is bluegrass and they play with that same old fire engine.
Levi Hansen
August 26, 2010
My dad, my hero.....I miss him dearly.....son Gary
August 25, 2010
To my beloved grandfather, to my beloved friend,

You offered your life up for your country, and again for your children, your grand children, and your great grand children. One by one we grew to become a wonderful family. As a family you taught us all to love each other’s imperfections, as perfectly as can be. You taught us the value of a hard day’s work, and the supreme joy of sacrificial love. You were always so proud of all of us, and I know deep in my heart that none of us could ever be more proud to call you grandpa.

You make me want to give the best of myself, to my family, to my friends, and to this world. Even in these first few days since your journey home, in my moments of weakness, I see your smiling eyes encouraging me on. I feel your firm handshake, and hear your words of encouragement on the whispers of the wind, and in the best parts of the man that I’ve become. You’re an American hero grandpa, and you’ll never stop being mine.
Matthew Bahe
August 25, 2010
Many of us wouldn't be alive if not for Grandpa Harry's strength. His strength, strong will, and great sense of humor live through all who were fortunate enough to know and love him.
Jesse Hansen
August 25, 2010
Dear Bev and Family, Harry will never be forgotten as a member of the C-1-23rd from the 4th Marine Division and a real WWII hero. I was honored to have him as one of my "C123 uncles" and my Dad's friends. My prayers for the peace that passes all understanding to you all.
Joline Doersam
August 24, 2010
Dear Bev & family,
Bev, you Harry and your family were part of our first neighborhood when we married and moved to Maryland Avenue.
Now that we a long time ago......as we have had our 50th wedding anniversary.
Through the years we have not seen you very many times but still consider you among our friends.
As I recall, Harry was not the talker but everyone listened when he did.

Remember when the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange.

Our sympathy.
Stan & Elaine Peterson
August 24, 2010
Bev, was so sorry to get your call today. I was trying to remember how long we've been friends. I can remember you two were there for me when my Dad pasted and that was in '98 so had to be before that. A long time. But I'm so glad to of had the both of you in my life. Harry, you will be missed. For your stories, your insight, the kindness you've shown others, your wisdom and for just being you. And although I'm sure none of you were done loving him, he will not be far from your thoughts, memories or hearts. He has left his mark on us all. May God bless you Bev and your family. Teresa
Teresa Jones
August 24, 2010
Grandpa, I admire you so very much and will miss your wit, charm, love, strength, compassion and the constant presence of the little lesson life has to teach us each and every day...the summers on Lake Superior with you and Grandma will always be so very precious to me....you taught me so much and I am forever grateful....love your granddaughter Angela (aka your little Goldie Hawn)
Angela Hansen
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