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Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary

3401 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek, UT

OBITUARY

Willard Audun Hansen

21 July, 192625 June, 2020

Willard Audun Hansen passed away peacefully on June 25, 2020. He was born on July 21, 1926 in Bergen, Norway.

He travelled to Salt Lake City from Norway to visit his mother who had immigrated to the U.S. following World War II. In Salt Lake he met his future wife, Solveig Hjelm. She, too, was visiting Utah, although from Sweden. The two met and married in 1953. Willard always said it was the longest visit of their lives. They traveled often to Norway and Sweden for many wonderful family visits. Willard worked for Mountain Bell/Century Link for 35 years. He was an avid skier and soccer player. He was inducted into the Utah Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997 for his commitment and contributions to the game of soccer. He played for and managed the Viking Soccer Club for 37 years. Not only did he keep the Norwegian traditions and celebrations alive in his family, but in the community as well. Willard was the best and most stalwart of everything that represented his beloved Norway. His passing leaves a large void in our family and in the Norwegian community as well. He was a very kind, non-judgmental and compassionate man. He is survived by his 4 children, Linda (Matt), Eva (Jeff), Kirk (Celita), John-Erik (Traci), 16 grandchildren, 41 great- grandchildren, sister, Britt Hanks (Sterling), sister-in-law, Birgit Montilla (Paco). Many nieces and nephews in the U.S., Norway and Sweden.

He is preceded in death by his wife: Solveig Hjelm, parents: Olav and Inga Hansen, sisters and brothers: Gerd, Ruth, Oddvar, Jan, Per.

Viewing will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial, 3401 South Highland Drive, on Tuesday, June 30, at 9:00 am to 10:30 am. (masks required). Following the viewing, a graveside service will be held at Wasatch Lawn at 11:00 am. (bring lawn chair and/or blanket if desired)

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Karen Gidley Applonie

July 4, 2020

I am sad to hear about your father, and then to hear your mom has passed...I meet your parents at the peace gardens on the 17th of May many times when I went with my mom( Aud Nelson Gidley)your father was so kind to me and answered all my qustions that I had about any subject about Norway..Take care and hope to see you when we can get back to the peace gardens soon.. Much Love to you and yours Karen Gidley Applonie

Karen Carlson

July 1, 2020

Dear Kirk and family,
I was saddened to hear about your wonderful father passing away recently. I am grateful to have known him. He was truly a fine gentleman and one of those people that will always be remembered with great fondness. Hope you are doing well!
Love,
Karen Kirkham Carlson

George, Geir & Margaret Olsen

June 30, 2020

Our condolences to your family at this time.
Willard was such a special person. We appreciated all the work he did on keeping the Norwegian traditions alive here for the May 17th celebration. He seemed to truly enjoy it.
We also remember him as a fierce competitor on the soccer field.
He was truly amazing,

God Bless you. The Olsens

Stephen Morgan

June 28, 2020

My family lived next door to the Hansen family on 1900 East. My brothers (Mike, Bret, & Mark) and I grew up with Linda, Eva, Kirk, and John-Erik. We spent many nights on our front porch playing games and pondering the future. Willard and Solveig were like parents to us and we loved being with them and hearing about their stories from Norway and Sweden. Willard taught us how to play soccer before it was even popular in Utah, and he was an extraordinary athlete we admired. Willard was kind, generous and had a smile that brought joy to all who knew him. We express our condolences to the Hansen family and join with them in celebrating this remarkable man.

Lena Ruth

June 27, 2020

Dear Willard you are so missed.I now that you are in a good place whit Solvej and everyone else. I’m always going to be thankful to you and Solvej as I always have been welcomed to your home. As you know, you’re family is always welcome to our home. And one day I’m going to make you Kålpudding again. Love ❤️Lena 🇸🇪

Jim Coolidge

June 26, 2020

I will always have great memories of Willard. The years that I lived and worked in Salt Lake City. I became good friends with his son Kirk and over the years spent time at the Willard's in his wonderful pool. I always admired the fact that Willard played soccer for as many years as he did. Solveig and Willard raised a wonderful family and there's no doubt that he will be missed by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kristin Hill

June 26, 2020

As a member of Sons of Norway, Willard was always unfailingly gracious, polite and welcoming to me and my mother. He was truly the best of 🇳🇴 Norway.

Kristin Nelson Hill

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FROM THE FAMILY