Passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in his Roseburg home surrounded by loving family. He was 103 years young. Henry was born on September 5, 1909 in Toledo, OR, to Norwegian immigrants, Harald and Jacobina Hansen. He was the oldest of seven children and the only one born in town with a doctor present. His sisters, Julia and Sylva were born on the homestead with an Indian midwife to help. The other kids were born at different locations around the area after they moved from the homestead. Henry’s first home was a tent on Newton Hill, until his dad was able to build the house on the hill above the Siletz River.
Henry was preceded in death by his baby sister, Julia; his parents; followed by his other siblings: Sylva Greene; Daniel Hansen; Ida Koski; and Signa Miller; ex-wife: Faye Hansen Smith; and wife: Helen Hansen; oldest son, Phillip Hansen; nephews: Wesley Greene and Terry Hansen; grandson, Allen Hansen; and great-great grandson, Chandler Kent. Henry is survived by : youngest brother, Arnold(Gloria) Hansen of Roseburg; ex-wife, Mable Miller of LaPine; daughters: April(Joe) Makinson, of LaPine ; Billie Mabbutt; Linda(Harry)Parshall of Roseburg; sons: Jay(Bina) Hansen of Roseburg; Glenn Hansen of Winston; and step-daughter, Patricia Green of Vancouver, WA; 18 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; also many nieces; nephews and cousins all scattered across the USA, Canada and Norway.
The family would like to thank the Amedisys hospice team and Taylor’s Mortuary for their kindness, support and caring attitudes during this time of great stress.
Special big THANK YOU to Toni of hospice, You are a wonderful beck and call girl.
At Henry’s request his ashes will be scattered at key places important to him.
In lieu of a funeral, the family invites you to join them in a Celebration of Life Party. A potluck will be held at River Forks Park, on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1- 5 p.m. Please bring your favorite dish and memories to share.
Henry was greatly loved by all who knew him.