Allan E. Hansen, 89, of Orange City and formerly of Remsen, went to meet his Lord on Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital, Orange City.
Allan E. Hansen was born June 2, 1914, at his parents home near Remsen, the son of August and Lucy (Schumacher) Hansen. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Remsen. He spent all his life in the Remsen area and received his education at the Remsen Public School from which he graduated in 1931. He then attended Western Union College at Le Mars for two years. His first job was at the J.C. Penney Store in Le Mars during his college years.
On June 7, 1934, he married Nelda Gerling at her parents home in rural Le Mars. They attended the Assembly of God Church after their marriage until the 1950s and then rejoined St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was a very active member in his younger years. They made their home on the family farm northwest of Remsen where he farmed until his retirement in 1976. They remained on the farm until 1986 when they moved to Orange City, remaining in his home until his death.
For many years. Allan and Nelda spent several summers at their summer cottage on Mantrap Lake near Park Rapids, Minn. He enjoyed fishing and spent many hours on the lake catching his favorite fish of northern pike and watching the wildlife, especially the bald eagles.
Allan enjoyed many other hobbies in his lifetime. He was an expert in photography and trick photography. He won many blue ribbons at county fairs for his wildlife and wild flower photos. He owned and piloted his private airplanes and took several family flying vacations to various places cross-country. He enjoyed snowmobiling and C. B. radio with side band.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Remsen. Allan was a very devout Christian man and loved his family very much.
Survivors include his wife, Nelda of Orange City; a son, Dale and his wife, Darlene, of Le Mars; a daughter, Caryn and her husband, Wendell Riedemann of Remsen; six grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Myla Marshall of Spearfish, S.D.; a brother-in-law, Gordon Gerling and his wife Shirley of Akron; four nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Hansen, and a great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Remsen with the Rev. Craig Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Remsen City Cemetery. Friends may call any time after 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Remsen. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. The Fisch Funeral Home of Remsen is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Dennie Hansen, Doug Hansen, Steve Riedemann, Robert Riedemann, Tom Farnsworth and Tom Bohnenkamp.