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Ernest J. Hansen, 91

May 23, 1926 to September 15, 2017

Ernest J. Hansen 91, of McNabb died on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Good Samaritan Home in Flanagan, Illinois.

Ernest J. Hansen was born on May 23, 1926 in McNabb to Johannes and Mathilda (Pedersen) Hansen. Ernest was raised by Johannes and his second wife Mary Hansen after the death of Mathilda Hansen. He married Gertrude Marshall on January 9, 1949 in Dana, IL.

Ernest was a self-employed local farmer and O’sGold Seed Dealer who was well known for his Purebred Chester White breeding stock. Ernest was an active member of the McNabb Emmaus Lutheran Church and the adult fellowship at his church where he served as a board member for many years. He served several years as members of the McNabb Grain Elevator Board, Marshall Putnam County Fair Board, and Magnolia Township Board of Trustees. He belonged to the Chester White Swine Association and served as the Swine Superintendent for the Marshall Putnam County Fair and as a 4-H leader. He also served as a member and president of the Magnolia Mutual Insurance Board.

Survivors include three sons, Jo (Cathy) Hansen of McNabb, Jon Hansen of Magnolia and Kenneth (Lynne) Hansen of Shorewood; two daughters, Marge Johns of Flanagan and Mary (Joe) Thais of Indianapolis, Indiana; one brother, Walter Hansen of Fort Wayne, Indiana; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gertrude on July 28, 2015, one son, Dale Hansen, two daughters; Marilyn Dunlap and Elsie Hansen, one brother, Adolph Hansen and two sisters; Mabel Peterson and Maxine Uhde.

Contributions may be directed to Good Samaritan Home in Flanagan.

Pallbearers will be Todd Johns, David Dunlap, Daniel Dunlap, Dennis Dunlap, Dale Hansen, Jeremie Hansen, Candace Summers, Riley Thais, Samuel Hansen and Natalie Hansen.

Service/Memorial Information

Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1pm on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Dysart - Cofoid Funeral Chapel and will be followed by service at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at Friends Cemetery.

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  • Prayer"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family at this time."Tribute from: Craig & Barb Volker
    September 21, 2017
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  • Lily"It is hard to say goodbye to Ernie as he was a special friend to me and my children. It seems we have always been connected somehow thru 4-H,farming, elevator and personal lives. Please know that he is happy that he is with Gertie.
    Love to you all and prayers to all."
    Tribute from: Virginia Terando
    September 19, 2017
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  • Prayer"Sending my sympathies and prayers. I will miss your dad each Sunday at church. He was the first person I greeted as he sat in the back pew. God bless you all."Tribute from: Donna Forney
    September 17, 2017
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  • Prayer"Heartfelt sympathies to the family. A gentle man that will be missed by the community."Tribute from: Bill & Brenda Bickerman
    September 17, 2017
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