April 21, 2014


Herbert Hansen, 89, of Brayton, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines.

Celebration of life memorial services will be conducted by Pastor Ken Davidson at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa. Inurnment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery west of Brayton. Honorary casket bearers will be Chad Hansen, Nathan Hansen, Tara Behmer, Angela Carlson, Rachel Hansen, Brian Lopez, Jon Lopez, Stephanie Handlos and Todd Hansen. The family will meet with friends beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Kessler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Willis Hansen, son of Hugo R.C. and Emma (Jentzen) Hansen, was born June 1, 1924, at his parents' home near Manning, Iowa. Herbert was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. He attended rural school and Manning Community Schools, graduating with the high school Class of 1942. Herbert then helped operate the family farm.

On July 25, 1948, he married Gloria Haner at Oak Hill Lutheran Church west of Brayton. Four children - Patricia, Paul, Steven and Craig - were born to this union. They lived in Manning, where Herbert was a mechanic at the Buick garage for a short time. They moved onto a farm, which they operated for several years. Later they purchased Gloria's family farm west of Brayton. Along with farming he helped at Brayton Produce and Bintner garage, and he sold hybrid seed corn. In 1966 they moved into Brayton, but he continued to farm, growing row crops and raising livestock until he retired from farming in 1995. Herbert raised cattle for several years after he finished farming. He then spent his time mowing his lawn and tending to his garden.

Herbert was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa. He was a 4-H leader for many years. He was a member of the Brayton Fire Department and Brayton Community Club. He looked forward to attending auctions to watch the different animals and people. He had a peach orchard and enjoyed harvesting the fruit. He went to many Audubon County Fairs, where he displayed many of the special items he had collected.

Herbert is survived by his wife Gloria Hansen of Brayton, Iowa; his children: Patricia Hansen of Exira, Iowa; Paul and wife Cherry Hansen of Honey Creek, Iowa; Steven and wife Peggy Hansen of Marion, Iowa; Craig and wife Susan Hansen of Halbur, Iowa; his grandchildren: Brian and wife Katie Lopez of Thornton, Colo.; Jon Lopez and fiancée Anjie Bates both of Conifer, Colo.; Angela and husband Robb Carlson of Marshalltown, Iowa; Rachel Hansen and fiancé Joe Modra, both of Honey Creek; Chad and wife Deb Hansen of Marion; Nathan and wife Shelia Hansen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Tara and husband Matt Behmer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Stephanie and husband Joel Handlos of Honey Creek; Todd and wife Jennifer Hansen of Jordan Creek West Des Moines, Iowa; 13 great-grandchildren; his sisters and brothers: Helen Mading of Elgin, Ill.; Marge and husband Bob Wade of Mesa, Ariz.; Lyle and wife Lois Hansen of Denison, Iowa; and Larry Hansen of Manning, Iowa; his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: David and wife Shirley Haner of Beatrice, Neb.; Catherine Schmidt of Audubon, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Shirley and husband Robert Wegner, and his brother-in-law Hal Haner.