Obituary – Kenneth Hansen

GRETNA — Kenneth Earl Hansen, 71, Gretna, died Aug. 10, 2016, at Gretna.

Visitation was Aug. 19 at Roeder Mortuary, Gretna.

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Services were Aug. 20 at Roeder Mortuary, with Pastor Gary Werling officiating.

Kenny was born April 4, 1945, at Laurel, and grew up on a farm outside of Coleridge with his two brothers, Vern and Donnie. Kenny’s mother Dora Hansen is 99 years old and resides at the Embers Assisted Living Home, Coleridge.

Ken was a beloved son, father, brother and grandfather. He continually made road trips from Omaha to see his family. He served in the United States Army as an Expert Rifleman Sharp Shooter. He moved to Omaha and became a master carpenter with over 40 years of experience running his own business and made many friends in the construction world. Ken took pride in his craft and his skill, knowledge, and talent is unmatched – a true loss within the trade.

Some of the things Ken enjoyed throughout his life was playing cards, fishing for Paddle fish at Gavin’s Point Dam with his friends, building in his workshop, watching the Kansas City Chiefs, and listening to the Royals and Husker baseball on the radio. Ken recently moved to Gretna on a farm where he kept an enormous immaculate garden and lawn. He loved that garden and the peaceful quiet of the farm. He hardly ate any of the vegetables himself, instead he grew and passed out the vegetables to his family and his friends at the BP gas station in town where he got his coffee in the morning. This year he had mastered the art of growing watermelons for his grandkids. And of course apple picking was a fun event for the entire family on the farm.

Kenny would help anyone and everyone with a smile on his face and wanted absolutely nothing in return. He was quiet, extremely hard working and was respected by all.

Ken is survived by two sons, Arlan and Dan Hansen; and four grandchildren, Claire, Brinn, Grace and Lee.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ivan Hansen.