Joel Keith Hansen

August 4, 1951October 10, 2020

Joel Keith Hansen was born on August 4, 1951 and passed away on October 10, 2020 in Merced, California. Keith was a cold storage manager for 35 years at Americold in Turlock.

Keith is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Finney, daughter Jennifer Teixeira (42), grandchildren Janessa Teixeira (23), Jessica Teixeira (20), Jonas Teixeira (18) and Justin Teixeira (17). As well as his great grandchildren Kellie McMullen (2), Carter McMullen (15 months) and Noah Farnan (2 months). Keith also leaves behind six stepchildren, brother Leroy and Jamey Hansen of Moses Lake, Washington; sisters Kay and husband Paul Garcia of Pasco, Washington, Sue Hansen of Seattle, Washington and Charlotte and husband Bryce Higly of Kennewick, Washington.

Keith also left behind many friends he made over the years. He had friends in California as well as Washington. His friends from Washington were lifelong friends and he loved to tell stories about them.

Keith was a picker. He couldn’t pass by a yard sale without stopping. He enjoyed all the people he met while being at yard sales. Keith loved to talk; He never met a stranger, he was friends with everyone. His picking buddies where Eric Sonnenfeld Sr., Eric Sonnenfeld Jr., Andrew Sonnenfeld, Keston Finney, Michele Shiffini and Sally Rojo.

Keith will be missed by all who knew him.


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David Anderson

October 16, 2020

101 Great Memory's - Where would I even begin? Each of them a part of the fabric of my life - you will be missed but never forgotten.

One of them - Every time you sold a pig you would buy everyone meals at the Golden Harvest. And when you didn't you would still buy everyone's meal. You are and always were a true bodhisattva.

Nine Deep Bows - My friend forever.

Jim Crowley

October 16, 2020

It was a dark and very snowy night in early 1972. We were living with my in-laws, the Gonsalo Cernas. About midnight, there was a knock on the door. Liz and I were the only ones up. Opening the door, there was Keith with a sock on his hand holding a pipe wrench. "Hide me, the police are looking for me." he said. Seems the gang wanted to ice skate, so Keith had opened a fire hydrant downtown to flood the street. He said he had belly-crawled all the way to Gonsalo's. The sock was for fingerprrints. We invited him in, warmed him up, and let him stay until he figured the coast was clear. That was Keity, always doing something for his friends!

Jeanne Scott

October 16, 2020

My heart hurts for your family and loved ones.
May they find strength in their memories of you.
You were such a funny guy, always wearing a smile and telling a story about something going on.
You will be greatly missed, but I know that you will live within the hearts of everyone that knew you.
Rest in Peace my friend.

Chuck Lee

October 16, 2020

We will miss you our dear friend Keith.
I remember vividly so many crazy times during High School. Ahhhh Kettie was always up to something funny and crazy.
You made us all laugh so many times.
You had a gift of making people smile and a genuine love was felt by all.
May you have peace and comfort.
To you my friend we say adieu.

Jackie Triplett

October 15, 2020

Oh Kettie
I will never forget the time you and Wayne came to visit me and Marilyn in Colorado Springs.
We had such a fun time and it meant a lot to us. You have been a good friend and I will miss seeing you at our class reunions.

Larry Cerna

October 15, 2020

We will never forgot you and the fun times. You were a kind and good friend. Rest In Peace.
Larry and Babs


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