FlagDonald Nels Hansen of Tucson, Arizona, went to join his Heavenly Father April 23, 2016.  He was born August 11, 1926 to Nels and Anna C. Hansen of rural North Platte, Nebraska.  There he learned the values of honesty and hard work.  He graduated from North Platte High School in June of 1944.  Don enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Logan, Colorado November 13, 1944.  He served briefly with General Patton’s 3rd Army Infantry Division in Europe, arriving a few days after D-Day.  He then served with General Douglas McArthur’s staff in Japan as First Sergeant.  After WWII he returned to Nebraska and later married O’Linda Hergenrader in 1951.  He worked briefly at Braniff Airlines in Norfolk, Nebraska and Moore, Oklahoma.  Don became a contract negotiator for the Navy Department in Washington D.C. where he retired in 1991.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Linda, brothers Earl and Paul and sister Mary Ruth.  He is survived by 6 nieces and two nephews.

Private graveside services at Wyuka Cemetery at a later date.

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