Obituary of Orson Hansen
There is no better measure of a man than one that takes care of his family. Orson Hansen was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away November 1, 2014 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 74.
Orson was born August 17, 1940 and raised in Grass Valley, the son of Arlie Hansen and Sibley Bennallack Hansen. He spent his first year in Honolulu, being there when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Orson attended Sierra College and later Oregon State University where he received a degree in Business and Forestry. After graduation he worked a summer in Honolulu before joining Crown Zellerbach to work in Oregon and Washington on reforestation projects and timber
harvest plans. It was during this period that he met the love of his life, Helen, of Seaside, Oregon, which led to romance and marriage. They tried to be married on Halloween to have one more day for a honeymoon but the
pastor said that was sacrilegious so they were married November 1st and that love continued for 45 years to the day. They lived in Cathlamet, Washington on the Columbia River for several years until they returned to Grass
Valley in 1971 to work in the family business, Hansen Brothers, where he remained as president until 3 weeks ago.
Orson enjoyed and was devoted to his family, friends, the company, and the community. He included his friends and employees as part of his family and was always interested and concerned about their lives and families. He was always willing to lend a helping hand whether it was to assist an Eagle scout candidate, a football player with a lifting completion, or help a friend split wood before the rains came. Orson enjoyed local events and generously supported the sports teams. He was often seen attending Nevada Union home games. Orson always made time to help guide the youth of Nevada County. For years he was involved with Little League and girls softball continuing to go to games even after his children were no longer playing.
Another one of his joys was being Helen’s coach and biggest supporter as she competed in tennis competitions. Orson was a modest man and did not seek the limelight or recognition but did many things to help people. Orson was a good and honest man with great integrity and will be deeply missed.
Orson is survived by his wife Helen, sons Ernie, Shawn (Allison), Jeff (Andrea) and daughter Carrie. He was also very proud of his granddaughter, Savannah May and grandson, Russell. He also leaves sister Sue Peterson
(Lerry), aunts Lila and Iris and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Arlie and Sibley Hansen, sisters Chrissie and Karen and her husband Bill and nephew, Matt.
A Celebration of Life Open House will be held Sunday, November 9, 2014 between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00pm at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, located on Highway 49. Additional parking and a shuttle service will be available at the Rood Center.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Susan Harrigan Bennallack Scholarship, 21837 Junebug Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949 or Nevada County 4H, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945, or Bear River/Nevada Union FFA, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949.
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