Our wonderful father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend, George Edward Hansen, passed away due to complications stemming from congestive heart disease on Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Fresno.
George was born in San Luis Obispo in December 1916, the second of three sons to George and Emma (Petersen) Hansen. During his youth, George farmed for his uncles Ed and Matt Hansen in Shandon and the Carissa Plains.
He attended grammar and high school in Oakland, Calif., and was an aeronautical engineer major at Oakland Polytechnic Engineering School.
George met his future wife, Miriam “Jeri” Brown, while working as an engineer on P-38s at Lockheed in 1941 — they married on Jan. 20, 1946.
They lived in Burbank and Bakersfield and eventually settled in Shandon, where they raised three children Jim (Kathy), Steve (Jan) and Karen (Mike Micheli).
George farmed barley and alfalfa with his uncles on the Hansen Brothers Ranch in Shedd Canyon, Shandon. After officially retiring from dry land farming in 1981, George farmed apples on his own property, having planted 800 apple trees. His community service included service on the Shandon Unified School Board for 16 years, member of the Paso Robles Elks, Pioneer Day Committee, Farm Bureau, Paso Robles Historical Society, 4–H leader as well as a Boy Scout leader. He was also a long-time member of the Shandon Methodist Church.
In 2001, George was honored as the Marshall of Pioneer Day and drove a restored 1926 Caterpillar 60.
George will long be remembered for his humble heart, volunteerism, community service, loyalty, farming skills and being able to fix or repair everything.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, cousins, numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers and his loving wife of 64 years, Jeri.
Family graveside services will be held at the family plot in the Templeton Cemetery.
The Hansen family invites you to celebrate George’s life with a service at 10:30 a.m. May 11, 2013, at the Shandon Methodist Church, with a celebration of life and memories immediately following at the Hunter Ranch Golf Course, 4041 Highwy 46 East in Paso Robles.
In lieu of flowers, suggested remembrances may be made to the Pioneer Day Tractor Committee through the Shandon Methodist Church; or the Paso Robles Historical Society.For the complete article see the 04-23-2013 issue.
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