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Ronald Hansen

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012

ROCHELLE — Ronald F. Hansen, 85, died on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at the Rochelle Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Aug. 29, 1927 in Rochelle to L. Bent and Emma (Bergeson) Hansen.

He attended Lincoln and Central grade schools and graduated from RTHS in 1946, receiving the Hackett Trophy for excelling in Sports. Ron married Leota Finnestad on Sept. 23, 1950 at the Rochelle United Methodist Church.

 He served in the Korean Conflict as a Staff Sergeant 1st Calvary Division, 7th Regiment, then in Hokaido, Japan, Camp Crawford until returning to the U.S. in April of 1952. He was then was at Camp Atterbary, Ind., until being discharged in September of 1952.

He was a Rochelle policeman until becoming a journeyman for IBEW Local 364 of Rockford. He retired in 1986.

He was a member of the American Legion of Rochelle; Life member of both the VFW Post 3878, and the United Methodist Church of Rochelle, and belonged to the Golden K Kiwanis Club, receiving the Hixson Award in 2000.

 Ron served on the Zoning Committee of Rochelle, and in 2004 was inducted into the Rochelle Township High School Hall of Fame. He was a loyal Hub and Chicago Bears Fan, being a Bears season ticket holder for 65 years.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leonard and Kenneth; his sisters, Glenese, Beverly and Patricia; and his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Leota; three daughters, Karla (Ron) Steder of Rochelle, Ronda (Roy) Threlkeld of Rochelle, and Paula (Dennis) Hewitt of Rochelle; and his grandchildren, Jon Mykrantz, Elizabeth (Mykrantz) Formell, Brandon Watson, Meredith (Hewitt) Wodka, Mark Hewitt, Mallory (Hewitt) Glover, Candice, Amanda, and Mat Steder, Mitch and Eric Watson; 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Carl (Peggy) Hansen of Abilene, Kan.; and sisters, Marlene (Galen) Kruger of Sikeston, Mo., and Blenda (Jill)Lillie of Punta Gorda, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at the Rochelle United Methodist Church with Rev. Cindy Marino and Chaplain Judy Williams officiating.

A visitation will also be held on Monday, Jan. 7 from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. prior to a memorial service at the church. Inurnment will be held at Lawnridge Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Rochelle United Methodist Church and to the Arthritis Foundation. Inurnment at Lawnridge Cemetery at a later date.

Cremation rites are being handled by the Unger-Horner Funeral Home. An online guest book is available at www.ungerhorner.com.

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