Surrounded by his wife and children, John Hansen died peacefully on February 4, 2021 at the age of 95. John was born in 1925 in Menomonie, Wisconsin to Joy Torger and Agnes Hansen.
After graduating from Menomonie High School in 1943, John enlisted in the US army. In November of 1944, John and the 99th infantry division, that he was a part of, were sent to the front lines in Belgium shortly before the German attack that would later become known as the Battle of the Bulge. John was fortunate to survive with only a minor injury, that being trench-foot. By the spring of 1946, John's part in the war and subsequent occupation of Europe had ended, and he came back to his family's home in Wisconsin. "I was so relieved to see my folks. I thought I might never see them again."
In 1950, after earning a degree from the University of Wisconsin Stout, John began a 70-year marriage to his wife, Helen. The two of them having known each other since elementary school. They then moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin where John went to work as a math teacher, and where his two sons, Bruce and Paul were born. In the summer of 1954, the family moved to Stockton, California where he continued his teaching career. In 1955 the family then moved to Salem, Oregon where John taught at Parrish Junior High school. After the birth of his daughter, Carol, John transferred to Waldo Jr. High where he taught woodworking classes until his retirement in 1983.
John enjoyed many activities, which included keeping the family stocked with fresh vegetables from his garden and spoiling them with his fresh baked bread and homemade root beer.
With his family, John enjoyed downhill and cross-country skiing, and backpacking in the Cascade Mountains. He was also fond of running, biking, tennis and, in particular, baseball and softball.
John was a member of Salem First Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed Bible study.
John's smile and welcoming nature were known to all who met him. He was well-loved and will be remembered as a very kind, caring and helpful husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and friend.
John is survived by his wife, Helen; his brother and sister-in-law, Steve (Pat) Hansen; his children and their spouses, Bruce (Linda) Hansen, Paul (Carol) Hansen, Carol (Mike) Venti; 5 grandchildren, Lauren (Alex) McNamara, Karla Hansen, Luke (Meghan) Hansen, Katrina (Zachary) Pate, and Melody Hansen; and two step-grandchildren, Jarred Venti and Shandel (Daniel) Brent.
The family is grateful for the help and support given by the caring nurses and staff at Willamette Valley Hospice of Salem, Oregon.
Published by The Statesman Journal from Apr. 15 to Apr. 18, 2021.