Lorne Hansen

Obituary of Lorne Hansen

Lorne Hansen
Dec 22, 1933 - Nov 3, 2018
It is with sadness and cherished memories that the family of Lorne Hansen announce his peaceful passing at home. Lorne went through life knowing that he was loved - by his parents Ben and Mary Hansen; his siblings Henry (Jean) both deceased, Clara Merkley (Albert, deceased), and Betty Paley (Terry, deceased) and their families; his first wife Gaylene (Bridges, deceased); his son Ken Hansen (Calgary) and his daughter Carla (Rick) Parton and their children Sadie and Melissa (North Vancouver); his second wife Dorraine (Bell) and her family Rod (Kellie) Bell and their children Addison (Ashley) and their grandchildren Josh, and baby Harvey; Jacquelyn Bell, and MacArthur Bell, Lori (Greg) Newman and their children Ben, Lukas and Liam; and Trevor (Dawn) Bell and their children Taylor and Cassidy. Lorne is also lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Brenda (Hugh) Carleton, brother-in-law Dennis (Hazel) Bridges, sister-in-law Diana Deyenberg, brother-in-law Grant Specht and families.

Family and friends were very important to Lorne.  This love was reflected in his acceptance and caring for others, especially the excellent care he provided to Gaylene during her illness.  Lorne was born on the family farm near Theodore SK, graduated from Theodore High School and Teacher’s College in Moose Jaw thereafter teaching at Poplar Leaf rural school and at Jedburgh, SK.  He then worked for the Department of Social Services in Weyburn, SK, and Saskatoon, SK.  During this time he married Gaylene.  He worked for the federal government in Indian Affairs and Development as an administrator in Duck Lake, Yorkton, and the Battleford’s, SK.  After this he and his family moved to Banff, AB, where he was town site manager.  Next the family moved to Winnipeg, MB, where he was chief of visitor services for Parks Canada and the Prairie regions of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories.  The next move was to Val Marie, SK where as superintendent for Parks Canada he worked in the establishment of Grasslands National Park.  He also supervised Motherwell Homestead SK and Fort Walsh, AB.

After retirement Lorne and Gaylene moved to Langham, SK.  A short time later Gaylene became ill and he was a loving caregiver until her passing in August 1993. Lorne married Dorraine Bell in November 1994 and was welcomed into the Bell family.  Lorne and Dorraine moved from Langham, SK to Saskatoon, SK in 2006.  Lorne enjoyed volunteering in communities in which he lived, in particular within the United Church of Canada and several service clubs.  Many enjoyable vacations were spent in the north fishing, and travelling across Canada, to the southern states and to Mexico in the winters.  

Lorne’s life will be celebrated at a private family gathering.  Donations in his memory may be made to McClure United Church, 4025 Taylor Street East, Saskatoon, S7H 5N7.

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