Curtis Hansens

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Curtis Hansens

Aug. 28, 1918 - May 30, 2010

Curtis Glenn Hansens was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Grand Rapids, Mich. to Henry and Bessie Hansens, the second of four sons, joining older half-sister Harriet. He attended school in Grand Rapids and Lansing, graduating from Creston High School in Lansing. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in civil engineering. He worked as an engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority until he entered the Navy at the start of World War II. He served with the Seabees in the Pacific theater, in New Guinea, the Philippines and Palua.

After the war, he moved to Richland to work at Hanford. It was there that he met Eunice Dodd, in November of 1947. On Feb. 6, 1948, they were married. Shortly after, he learned that the company for which he worked had had a contract canceled, and he was out of work. On Thursday, his last day of work, he received a call from the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, asking if he was able to accept a job. He started with the Corp the following Monday. He worked on numerous regional projects, including directing the Oregon-side railroad and highway relocation during the construction of the John Day Dam. He later served as the Civil Defense Coordinator for Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. After taking early retirement in 1951, he operated Culligan and Servi-Soft water conditioning services. In 1979, he returned to engineering, working in Saudi Arabia and for various companies on the Hanford site. He retired for good in 1988, at the age of 70. When he retired he began to remodel what was to become first a three and then a four generation home.

He served as an elder and deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, and served Emmanuel Lutheran on the Church Council. He was a member of the Masonic Order Blue Lodge #13 and Mystic Order of the Shrine, and belonged to the Evergreen Dance Club, the BPOE #287, the Retired Engineers, and The Bridge Club, he and Eunice belonged to for 50 years a group he considered to be family. He had a lifelong love of music, dating back to singing the "Messiah" with his father in Michigan. He sang with the Walla Walla Choral Society, and the church choir of his churches. He loved to dance with his daughters and granddaughters, but his preferred partner for sixty years was his wife Eunice.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Elton, Melvin and Lester Hansens; sister, Harriet Brown. He died at home March 30, 2010, cared for by his family. He is survived by his wife Eunice at home; his children, Glen and John Hansens, Linda Hansens Schaub and Helen Hansens; grandchildren, David Schaub, Kristina Duncan, Katrina Hill and Glenn, Jennifer and Donald Hansens. He loved his children and grandchildren's spouses, David Schaub, Jan Dudley Hansens, Donna Hansens, Billy Duncan, Jennifer Schaub, and Elmer Hill, and was delighted that his son John's marriage to Jan Dudley gave him two more grandsons, Ryan (Sofia) and Shad (Heidi) Dudley, and added five more great-grandchildren, bringing that total to ten. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Aline Hansens. Services will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

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