Wayne Hansen

Wayne M. Hansen, age 87 of Hudson, died June 26, 2019 in his residence at Woodland Hill Senior Living in Hudson.

Wayne was born on September 28, 1931 in Barron, WI, to Magnus and Esther (Johnson) Hansen. He graduated from Barron High School in 1949, before continuing his studies at St. Olaf College. Wayne served in the U.S. Navy for four years aboard a heavy cruiser naval warship. Following his military service, he completed his Bachelors Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wayne was united in marriage to Betty Matthys on June 16, 1956 at the First United Methodist Church in Barron. Their marriage was blessed with three children. Wayne worked as a sales manager in the dairy business and retired as a Vice President with Land O’Lakes. He was fond of boating on the St. Croix River, and had a passion for fishing and playing golf. Wayne and Betty enjoyed traveling with close friends on his company business trips, and the couple loved to host parties, especially family gatherings at home where the grandkids and friends enjoyed the pool and river view.

Wayne will remain in the heart of his beloved wife of 63 years, Betty; children, Diane Olivieri, David Hansen, and Glenn (Chris) Hansen; grandchildren, Brittany (Jeff) Johnson, Caitlin (Corey) Gaffer, Jake Olivieri; Ben (Natalie) Hansen, and Haley Hansen; great-grandchildren, Josephine and Everett Johnson, and Maggie Gaffer; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Marc Olivieri; his parents; and sister, Joyce Marrow.

A memorial service for Wayne will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9th at the Bethel Lutheran Church – Highlands Campus, 504 Frontage Rd., Hudson. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at church. Interment at the Bethel Columbarium.


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