Donald L. Hansen

Born: Fri., Sep. 13, 1929
Died: Sat., May 9, 2015

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Fri., May 15, 2015
Location: Pilot Rock Cemetery

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Donald L. Hansen, a longtime resident of Pilot Rock, Oregon, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Willowbrook Terrace, in Pendleton, Oregon.  He was 85 years old.

Mr. Hansen was born Friday, September 13, 1929, in Nampa, Idaho, to Ada Violet Cunningham Hansen and Lester James Hansen.  His mother said it was a very lucky day.  They moved to Cove, Oregon, in 1934.  He transferred to Greenwood Elementary in La Grande, Oregon, when they moved there a couple of years later.  He graduated La Grande High School in 1948.  He met the love of his life Wilda Jean Tucker and they were married November 18, 1949.  They lived on a grass farm until he landed a job at Georgia Pacific in Pilot Rock, Oregon, on March 12, 1951.  He held different jobs over the years, his last being Carrier Driver, before an early retirement in 1985.  He worked and saved until they could start building the family home in 1957, where they lived from 1958 to date.

He was known as Donny or Don by family and friends.  He was a kind and loving man.  He will be remembered as someone who was always willing to give a helping hand.  He has blessed so many people over the years with his caring and giving nature.  Such a hard worker, and tuff as nails little fellow.  He loved large family get-togethers and spending time with his wife, children, their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, and friends.  He has lead by example.  He was a jolly fellow and loved a good prank.  He was the outdoors kind of guy; hunting, fishing, horse breeding, breaking/training, and western style riding.  He loved hiking/backpacking into the Wallowa’s and more.  He was a lifetime member of honor in the Over the Hills Gang Riding Club.  He followed the local rodeo circuit with his brother-in-law Merlyn Kohl as he bred and raised a star horse named Nipper, whom his niece Trudy Kohl rode in the Union Oregon tack club.  They were the stars of the show.  He had a great mind, if he studied something or read up on it, he seemed to always figure it out.  He loved reading, games, cards and dancing.  He had a beautiful singing voice and could yodel with the best of them.  He was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints and held many positions over the years.  He was a Boy Scouts Leader as well.  He loved working with his hands, wielding a hammer building something, a wrench in hand under the hood of a car or truck, to planting a garden.  He was a wise man who enjoyed life, and always had a welcoming smile and hello. 

Don is survived by his wife of 64 years Wilda and his four children, Carla Jean Shuler of Colville, WA, Laura Lee Gardner of Pendleton, OR, Linda Denise Goodman of Union, OR, and Donald Lynn Hansen of Pilot Rock, OR,  his eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, siblings; Beverly Ann Bailey of Union, OR, Reva June (Lil) Sled of Fontana, CA, and Richard Powell of Madison On The Lake, Ohio, and his great Aunt Erma Cunningham Loree of Cove, OR, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Ada and Lester Hansen, and siblings; Leah Powell, Norma Slater, Lois Myers, Betty Jean (Jennie) McLure, Alma Gail (Gail) Ogden, Verla May Goetz, Helen Louise Landers, Lorin J (Bud) Hansen, Daril Dean (Sonny) Hansen, Kenneth Ray Hansen, and Gary Hansen. 

A Graveside Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 15, 2015, at 1:00 PM at Pilot Rock Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.  


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James Sled
   Posted Tue May 12, 2015
This is to the most wonderful uncle a nephew could have ever ask for. An uncle whose character stood well above the fray. I will always remember the joy we had at your home when we would come down to visit from California. Your Smile and laugh were always contagious even after all these years I can still hear your sweet laugh. I am forever thankful you brought such great joy to my father in hunting together and showing great friendship and friendly family care. You always showed such love and kindness to all that came to your door. You stood strong when many of your family passed before you did. You were always there as a stalwart of the family. To my Aunt Wilda, oh though Beautiful Daughter Of Heavenly Father, I love you so very much!!!! Thank you for loving my uncle so very much!!! Thank you for giving him the Happiest years of his life!! May your heart be filled with peace this day and into the times ahead till you meet your wonderful best friend and love again. To all of my cousins thank you for sharing your wonderful father with us!!!!!! May you hear uncle Dons Spiritual promptings always and forever!!! Uncle Don Thank You!!!!!!!!!

Dan & Lois
   Posted Tue May 12, 2015
We are so sorry for the loss of Don. Will miss his ready smile & laugh.

Doris and Dennis McLaren
   Posted Tue May 12, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wilda and family on this day. Such a big loss as Don was such a great person. He will be missed by many

Nancy Westervelt
   Posted Wed May 13, 2015
Dear Linda and Family:

What a beautiful photo of your father for his obituary! Our hearts go out to you and your extended family at this time. Please find solace in that your father is no longer suffering.
Love you longtime, girlfriend. ((BIG HUGS)) from Maryland.

Edwin D. Sled Sr.
   Posted Wed May 13, 2015


We send our love to you always, Edwin & Reva Sled and Family

Bobby Edes
   Posted Fri May 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to Wilda and the family. Don was a wonderful man and a great father inlaw. Don had a heart of gold and would do anything to help. He loved his family more than anything in the world. God Bless

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Mon May 18, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

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