Oct. 7, 1925 — March 14, 2013
A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, March 19, for Richard William Hansen, who died in the early hours of March 14,at the age of 87 years, with his family by his side.
Mr. Hansen was born in Patterson to Bertha and John Hansen on Oct. 7, 1925, and lived his entire life in the Patterson community, except for a short time when he traveled to Europe to serve his county in World War II. As a child, Mr. Hansen grew up on his family’s farm. He attended Northmead and Las Palmas School as a youngster, and attended Patterson High where he played football and basketball. When not in school, his childhood days were spent attending to chores, and spending entire days with friends in the neighborhood hunting birds, swimming and fishing in local waterways, hiking in the foothills, and other such wonderful outdoor activities. He enjoyed making campfires and participating in Boy Scout activities, as well.
After high school and during World War II, Mr. Hansen attended Modesto Junior College, planning to study engineering, but knowing that he would likely be asked to serve in the military. After his 18th birthday in October, he was drafted, and went to Germany to serve in the U.S. Army. Upon his return to Patterson after the war, Mr. Hansen re-enrolled in MJC and worked for Benson and Zimmerman in Modesto. When B&Z opened a local branch store, he moved up to become the Patterson manager and worked there for 30 years.
In 1951, he met Helen Lane, who worked in the office at the Shell Oil Company Distributor. Their friendship grew, as did their love for each other, and on Sept.13, 1952. The couple was married at the Federated Church in Patterson and settled in Patterson to share a marriage of over 60 years. During their marriage, Richard and Helen settled on the family farm on Clover Avenue, where two sons were born to them, and where Richard expanded his career to include the farming of apricots.
Over the years and after retiring from B&Z, with the help of his wife and sons, Richard extended his farming to include walnuts and almonds as well. When not working, Richard greatly enjoyed taking his family on camping and fishing trips, and other activities that involved being in the outdoors. Richard’s family was his life, and of his sons he was most proud.
Mr. Hansen is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Helen Lane Hansen of Patterson; son, John William Hansen and his wife, Anthea, of Patterson, and son, Mark Phillip Hansen, and his wife, Melissa, of Ellensburg, Wash. From their sons, Richard and Helen were given the ultimate joys of family life, that being their grandchildren: Christopher Hansen, Nicolaus Hansen, and his wife, Erica, Whitney Hansen, William Hansen, Adam Hansen and Emma Rose Hansen. Richard loved them dearly and cherished spending time with each of them. His parents, Bertha and John, and his three brothers, Vernon, Henry and Rudolph Hansen, preceded Mr. Hansen in death.
A visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18, at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the Federated Church, 45 S. El Ciculo, Patterson. Burial will follow at Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33 in Patterson, CA.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Hansen’s name be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.