HURON — William Hansen, Jr., 93, of Huron, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Huron Regional Medical Center.
A family funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Welter Funeral Home with burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Huron. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.
William Hansen, Jr., was born on April 14, 1927, in Huron to parents, William, Sr. and Magdalena (Kluldt) Hansen. Bill served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean War. Bill farmed near Alpena and drove school bus for the Alpena School District for many years.
Bill married Beverly Van Der Aarde on September 10, 1950, in Woonsocket. They lived on the farm near Alpena until 2004 when they moved to Huron.
Bill was a member of the American Legion and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. He was very active with Meals on Wheels, helped assemble the monthly newsletter, and was a church elder. He was a supporter of the Beadle County Humane Society and enjoyed visiting the animals that lived there. William was a kind man with a big heart and an enormous love of family and dogs.
His grandkids lovingly called him Billy Grandpa. He was a fun guy with a mischievous sense of humor and loved to play cards.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Roxann (Merle) Veenhof of Huron and Miki (Ron) Wilde of Helena, Mont.; six grandchildren, Geoff (Mina) Veenhof, Casey (Amy) Veenhof, Molly (Matt) Gates, Zach Veenhof, Jarrod (Jessie) Wilde, and Traci (Brian) Dundas; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Duane (MaryAnn) Hansen; sisters, Shirley Knutson and Jan (Ken) Huber; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly in 2012; two brothers, Johnny and LeRoy Hansen; two sisters, Norma Spelbring and Delores Moilan; four sisters-in-law, Michiko Van Der Aarde, Sharron Hansen, Darlene Hansen, and Linda Steffensen; three brothers-in-law, Jerry Van Der Aarde, Jack Steffensen, and Marvin Knutson.