James Alan Hansen
Sep 27, 2013
James Alan Hansen
Sept. 27, 2013
James Alan Hansen, 63, of Athens, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at his residence.
He was born April 26, 1950, in Neillsville, Wis., to the late William Gustaf and Mattie Karlotta Minsaas-Hansen, and was also preceded in death by brothers, William Hansen, and Ronald Hansen; and sisters, Mildred Kopinski, and Marlene Heinzen.
Jim relocated to his beloved Athens, which he doted on the people, climate and mountains. He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972, and was stationed in Okinawa, working in the motor pools. After the Army, Jim was an accomplished welder, but his passion for being his own boss lead him to running his own businesses. He loved traveling America, going place-to-place selling products and meeting new people. Country music was his favorite type of music, including artists such as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and George Jones. Although he loved computers and gadgets, his true enthusiasm was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He always looked forward to the annual Harley trip he would take with his eldest son. We will remember Jim for his sense of humor, his love of the road, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and especially his love and respect of our nation\'s military. Jim had a deep love for the United States of America.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Cary Hansen of Holly Springs, N.C.; two daughters and son-in-law, Jennifer and Dwight Simonsmeier of Spencer, Wis., and Kristina Hansen of Marshfield, Wis.; partner and friend of 22 years, Lynn Adams of Athens; numerous grandchildren; and Lynn\'s two-year-old grandson, Carson, who he enjoyed spending time with at the end of his life; brothers, Richard Hansen of Warrens, Wis., Carroll Hansen of Knoxville, Harold Hansen of Spencer, Wis., and Denny Hansen of Withee, Wis.; sisters, Virginia Kuehn of Neillsville, Wis., Arlene Kopinski of Mondovi, Wis., Mickey Oestreich of Marshfield, Wis, and Mavis Sage of Neillsville, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim specifically requested cremation and that his ashes be spread along some of the southern roads that he loved riding as well as sprinkling ashes into the paint of a Harley-Davidson.
Due to Jim\'s passion for our military, in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the Humane Society at http://www.humanesociety.org because of Jim\'s love for animals, especially dogs.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.