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Edward B. Hansen

July 28, 1925 – January 2, 2013

Edward Bernard Hansen, age 87, of Greenville, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at his home under the loving care of his family and Great Lakes Hospice. The son of Vina C. & Ada M. (Nelson) Hansen, he was born on July 28, 1925 on the family farm in Montcalm Township. After graduating from Greenville High School, Edward furthered his education at Michigan State University and then returned to the family farm where he worked until his recent illness.

On June 9, 1950, in Grand Rapids, he married Barbara Louise Schilling and together they had four children and enjoyed 62 years of marriage. Edward was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, and delighted in telling the history of Montcalm County, its’ Danish community and churches, as well as his own family genealogy. He also enjoyed restoring, collecting, and showing John Deere tractors — especially his steel-wheeled “Waterloo Boy” — and was a member of the Greasy Finger Tractor Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bernard D. Hansen; a grandson, Matthew Andresen; an infant sister, Donna Hansen; a brother, Jack D. Hansen; and his beloved dog, Bailey.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara L. Hansen; their children, Julia A. & Gary Quisenberry of Six Lakes, Vina Carl & Brook Hansen, and Gina L. & David Andresen, all of Greenville; a sister, Kathern M. Hansen of Greenville; six grandchildren, Amy & Joe Rousseau of Gowen, Jeanne Hansen of Kalamazoo, V. Carl & Tina Hansen of Coral, Edward J. & Angela Hansen of Greenville, Rachel & Christopher Mulford of Pinckney, and Steven Andresen of Sterling Heights; and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday. The Rev. Betsy Kamphuis, Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, will officiate and burial will take place privately at East Montcalm Cemetery. Envelopes for memorial contributions to either St. Paul Lutheran Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Edward’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Born: July 28, 1925
Death: January 2, 2013


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Memorial Donations

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Monday January 7, 2013, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care
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Funeral Service

Monday January 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care
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  1. Anonymous on January 2, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Jill Christensen Cliburn

    My condolences to Barbara and all of the family on Edwards passing. My Mother Marilyn always thought so highly of her cousins. I pray for healing with your family and thoughts of Kathryn also at this time. Gods Speed Edward.

    Posted by: Louise (Mardlin) Broeders
    Barbara and family. I am sadden to hear of Edward’s passing. I fondly recall memories of our family visiting your farm. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by: Dave & Sandi Smith

    Our prayers for the families strength during this time of sorrow. God bless you all.

    Posted by: Larry & Susan Anstett

    Our deepest sympathy to Barb, Julie, Gina, and families.

    Posted by: Robert Taylor

    I am very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing, I enjoyed the time I got to spend with him, My Dad, alwys talked of Ed with great respect, the things Ed would tell me and the tractors he would show, I was so amazed that all the equpiment had it’s own tractor.
    I want the family to know you are in my family’s prayers.

    Posted by: Fred & Sharon Mardlin
    Dear Barbara & family –
    So sorry to hear of Edward’s death. We will miss him just as you will. He was a book of knowledge regarding local history and antique John Deere’s. We always enjoyed visiting with you and Edward. We hold you in our prayers.

    Posted by: Mary & Sam Andres
    Dear Gina,Dave & Family,
    Our hearts are with you.
    Sam & Mary Andres

    Posted by: Jeff & Deb Davis
    Dave & Gina, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad.Remember all the good times.With deepest sympathy. Love Jeff and Deb

    Posted by: Richard Cameron

    So sorry for your loss. Please know that you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.

    Posted by: Linda Kraft Bergeon
    I enjoyed our visit at the farm for a family gathering a year ago. Edward gave me so much information regarding our family. He astounded me with the stories and the things he could remember. My condolences to Barbara, his children and grand children. Also, condolences to Kathern, his sister, who holds a special place in my heart.

    Posted by: Beth Ann Johnson
    So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with him when calling for the Prayer Chain.

    Posted by: Janis Pearl

    Dear Barb,

    So sorry to read of Ed’s death. I came to know him when he would visit South Sidney Church, and I always enjoyed visiting with him. He was a walking history book, and told the stories with great flourish and detail. May God bless and comfort you and your family.

    Posted by: Harold & Ruth Ann Metternick

    We certainly have enjoyed meeting and getting to know Edward and Barbara all these years. We loved Edward’s stories about his community, church, and family. We will miss his great smile. Rest in Peace, Edward. We will miss you.

    Posted by: Richard Chubb
    Gina, So sorry to read of the loss of your father


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