Wilfred Hansen - May 26, 2011
Wilfred Marvin Hansen was born Sept. 16, 1933 in Dundy County, Neb. to Marvin and Velma (Miller) Hansen. The Lord took him home at the age of 77 years and 7 months on May 5, 2011 at the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado.
Wilfred and Helen (Baney) were married May 10, 1953 at the Benkelman United Methodist Church. To this union four children were born: Donnie, Tresa, Cindy and Monty.
Wilfred served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, and was stationed in Korea for 13 months. After serving his country he received his honorable discharge and started his lifelong occupation of farming and continued until the time of his death. Wilfred excelled in his vocation of choice due to hard work and good management.
Wilfred committed his life to the Lord at an early age and remained a witness for Christ throughout his life even during his extended hospital stay. He was a lifelong member of the Friends Church, first at the Pleasant Valley Friends Church in rural Dundy County and then the Benkelman Friends Church and most recently attended Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial.
Wilfred was a devoted husband and father providing for and nurturing his family in a Christian home. He disciplined his time to attend as many events with his children and grandchildren as possible.
Wilfred was civic minded and served on numerous boards in the community. He was active in church leadership, served on The Benkelman Co-op Board and more recently on the Benkelman Cemetery Board and on the Dundy County Farm Bureau Board.
Wilfred was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Velma Hansen; son, Donnie Gene; and brother, Lyle.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen, of 58 years; daughters, Tresa and husband, Dann Watson, of McCook, Neb.; Cindy and husband, Dave Whisenhunt, of Billings, Mont., and son, Monty and wife, Ange (Behlke) Hansen of Benkelman, Neb.; sisters, Ellen Teeter and Elaine Damrow; brother, Duane; aunts, Velma Case and Margie Bartels; eight grandchildren; one great grandson, and one on the way; and a host of family and friends.
The funeral service in honor of Wilfred was held Thursday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Wesleyan Church, Imperial, Neb., with Rev. Todd Burpo officiating.
He was laid to rest with military honors at the Benkelman Cemetery following the service at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the church, charity or organization of the donor’s choice.
Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.