Friday, June 30, 2017

Dorchester's Elton Hansen Passes At Age 90

Elton Theodore Hansen, 90, of Dorchester passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017. 

He was born February 10, 1927 to Theodore and Maude Hansen in their rural home near Red Cloud, Nebraska. Elton attended school at Rural District 62 west of Red Cloud. As a young boy he became active in 4-H and even planted the windbreak for the family’s farm as one of his projects. As the oldest son in the family, Elton soon took on responsibilities on the family farm. 

Elton served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1952 and enjoyed sharing stories about his experiences. After serving in the army, Elton returned to the family farm in Red Cloud to pursue his love of farming. 

In 1957, Elton moved to Dorchester to begin farming with his younger brother, Wayne. Together they farmed and raised cattle. Elton was extremely fond of John Deere tractors and other machinery. Those who knew Elton best, knew how he loved to visit and reminisce. Elton retired from farming in 1995. 

Preceded in death by his parents Theodore McKinley Hansen and Maude (Duval) Hansen and brother-in-law Richard Koch. He is survived by sister Mae Koch, Spencer, Iowa, brother Wayne (Velma) Hansen of Dorchester, brother Phil (Marlene) Hansen, Red Cloud and sister Phyllis (Rocky) Vasquez of Seward, eight nephews, four nieces and many great nephews and great nieces. 

His family wishes to thank past staff members at the Friend Manor and the current caring staff at Tabitha in Crete. Visitation with the family members will be Thursday, June 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 30 at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete with a burial at a later date in Red Cloud. Memorials are suggested to Dorchester Community Foundation.  Leave condolences online here.

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