Leroy B. Hansen

September 15, 1925January 23, 2013

Leroy was born Sept. 15, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN. Leroy passed away peacefully Jan. 23rd, 2013 with family by his side. He lived each day of his 87 years to the fullest. At 17 Leroy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the height of WW II. He fought for his country aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga that was fiercely engaged in many battles across the pacific. When the war ended he returned to Minneapolis and attended college. When the Korean War broke out, Leroy re-enlisted in the Marine Corps and once again fought for his country. He was briefly stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton where he studied and tested new artillery technology. While stationed in Oklahoma he met his with his first wife, Betty. In 1952 he received his second honorable Marine Corps discharge and began his career with the City of Oklahoma City as a Forester. He became the Director of Safety and Civil Defense during the Cuban missile crisis and went on to develop Oklahoma City’s first Emergency Response Plan. In 1975 he married his second wife Barbara. After serving as Assistant to the City Manager Leroy was appointed Director of Airports. While Director of Airports he oversaw numerous expansion projects at Will Rogers, Wiley Post, and Page Field. One of his most cherished projects was the awarding winning Aerospace America Airshow. After Leroy finished his 40-year career serving the citizens of our great city he was inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame. He was also a recipient of the Oklahoma Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Wily Post Commission. Leroy loved his extended City, Airport, and Airshow families. He was a community leader, mentor, and true public servant who believed in leading by example. Leroy loved his Lord and Savior and guided those around him to do the same. In 1962 he was instrumental in establishing Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Leroy is survived by his sister Joan, his son Jon, daughters Norene and Kathy, son in law Randy, grandson Cory, granddaughters Annie and Jill, and his extended Norwegian family. We miss Dad now, but know we will see him again! We would like to offer a big thanks to all our relatives, friends, and fire service family. We want to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Community Hospital doctors, nurses, and staff as well as the Integris Hospice Center for their kind compassion and excellent care. Services will be Tuesday, 10am, Life Church, I-35 & 2nd Street, Edmond. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256, in support of our returning wounded heroes!


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Brittany Smith Byers

June 14, 2013

My Papa was a great man! He taught me so much and I will carry that with me. He helped me with all my science projects and raised me as a Chicago Cubs fan. I will miss so much. Love you Pops!

Edwina Helton

February 12, 2013

Sincere condolences are extended to the Hansen Family. I would be remiss to fail to acknowlege this great man and to embrace Jon who is my dear homie. I am a devoted friend and share alumni comraderie with Jon, Norene and Kathy. My mom and family share my sentiment with you. Edwina Helton a/k/a Dena OKC, OK 2/11/2013

Debbie Dobelbower-Portell

February 7, 2013

I'm sorry I never met him, he sounded like an amazing man! Praying that the best of memories give you comfort and peace.

Hazel Johns

January 29, 2013

Leroy hired me as Business and Property Manager for the Department of Airports, not because I knew Airports, but because he knew he could teach me about airports, and he did. He was a wonderful, thoughtful, funny, and kind mentor. I have so many memories that bring back smiles. He will be missed by all.

January 29, 2013

I worked at the City of Oklahoma City while Leroy was there running the Airport.
Leroy always had a kind word and an easy smile. You could tell he loved what he was doing and the people around him.
Leroy was a credit to the "human enterprise".
Bill Garlock

January 29, 2013

I worked with Barbara through mid '70s at OKC Parks & Rec Dept. and met Leroy when they took me and my Husband to dinner as a wedding present. They are two of the kindest most gracious people I've known. My deepest condolences to you for loss of Leroy. I'd like to know where/how Barbara is.

Denise Donoho Jones

Janie Hoover

January 29, 2013

Our family will be missing some of the glue that holds us all close, we are so fortunate to have had such a special man. Great memories will have to do...

Bill and Kathy Hampton

January 28, 2013

Katie, you are a part of our extended family. He must have been a great man, because my children speak so highly of you. We are John Cordero's patents. My condolences for your loss.

Dianna Neaves

January 28, 2013

He was awesome - so friendly and helpful. He was a lot of fun to be around and one of my best bosses. He was loved and will be missed.

Bob Tubbs

January 28, 2013

The first time I met Leroy was circa 1952. Your father was one of the nicest man and I know that he was a great father too.
You have my deepest sympathy on your loss from all of the Tubbs' family.