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Bruce Roger Hansen, age 86, of Sand Lake passed away Wednesday evening, February 3, 2010 at Metron of Greenville. The son of Ed & Carrie (Jorgensen) Hansen, he was born on February 28, 1923 in Grand Rapids.

Bruce came to the Trufant area at the age of 6, where he was a member of the St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Trufant and attended Trufant High School. On June 30, 1945 he married his best friend since the 9th grade, Arlene Rasmussen. They had a double wedding with Arlenes cousin, Fern and Bob McCrew at the home of Arlenes parents in Trufant. Together he and Arlene raised two sons and enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

Bruce served as Maple Valley Township Supervisor and on both the Maple Valley and Lakeview School Boards. In his younger years, he liked ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cutting wood, as well as playing cards with family and friends. Bruce loved the land and enjoyed being a farmer his entire life, living on the same farm for 64 years.

Surviving are his loving wife, Arlene Hansen; two sons; Marcus & Carolyn Hansen, and Terry & Vicky Hansen; ten loving grandchildren, who meant so much to him, Nic Hansen and fiancee Mary Johnson of North Carolina, Lacy and Corey Hallman of Petoskey, Taylor Hansen at home, Todd Hansen of Trufant, Travis and Jen Hansen of South Carolina, Tonya and Adam Holcomb of Allendale and Trenton Hansen of Trufant ; two brothers-in-law, Milton & Bette Rasmussen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, and Vernon Rasmussen of Trufant; three nieces, one nephew, and many cousins.

His family will miss him dearly but will cherish the memories they have of him.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family remembrance will be held later with Pastor Aaron I. Sorrels III officiating. Memorials contributions may be directed to either St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Trufant or Heartland Hospice.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bruces online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on February 3, 2010 at 12:00 am

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    02/07/2010 –

    Larry and Karen

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Larry & Karen.


    02/06/2010 –

    Kristen Rasmussen Scott

    As a little girl, I have fond memories of Uncle Bruce and Aunt Arlene at the farm. I was always amazed at how the cows followed Bruce around the barn. They knew where to go and were eager to be milked. You see, I grew up in the city and had no idea what farming was. I also remember driving up and down the corn fields at night looking for deer. I loved looking at them. I experienced my first tractor and snow mobile ride at your farm, too. I had many good times in Trufant and at your farm when I was young. I do have to say I never liked looking at the dead deer hanging from the barn rafters. But I know all of you were hunters. I personally prefer fishing. Grandma Rasmussen was the best fisherwoman I ever knew! Aunt Arlene always had big poodles and barn cats. I remember chasing them in the snow and falling in the mud getting my good coat dirty. Anyway, J.P. and I wish the family peace during this time. With deepest Sympathy, Kristen Rasmussen Scott and James Pierce (J.P.) Scott


    02/06/2010 –

    Genny Towne

    Marcus, Terry and families I am thinking of you and your loss. No more Bruce to help us eat all those family dinners…He did enjoy.


    02/06/2010 –

    Genny Towne

    Marcus, Terry and families…you are in my thoughts…he was a good guy..and will be missed…You are in our prayers..


    02/05/2010 –

    Mike & Robin Poulsen

    I remember Bruce going up and down the road (when not in the fields) with his dog by his side. Always waving a high hand Hello. You will be greatly missed.


    02/05/2010 –

    Kevin & Carrie Brecker

    Uncle Marcus, Carolyn, and kids- We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our prayers.We love you all very much.


    Ron Petersen

    Arlene, Marcus & Terry, Please accept my sincere sympathy at your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember many good times at the farm and snowmobiling with all of you.


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