OBITUARY

J Elwood Hansen

June 4, 1929October 12, 2020

Junius “J” Hansen, 91, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2020 in Laveen, Arizona. He had a strong relationship with his Heavenly Father and was very blessed in his faith.

Born June 4, 1929 to Niels J. Hansen and Mollie H. Beadle in Lakeside, Arizona, he was a true cowboy and liked nothing better than to ride his favorite pony, Brownie. One of his favorite jobs was as an extra on the television series “26 Men” because it meant he was able

to ride horses all day. He loved to flirt, and had an infectious smile. One of his favorite sayings was: “Smile. It will make people wonder what you’ve been up to.” A man of many words, he was a prolific storyteller – most of which became more embellished over time.

In 1947, J. joined the U.S. Navy with his brother, Ray. Stationed in San Diego, he met and married Betty Jean Bortles, with whom he had three children. They divorced in 1956, and upon returning to Arizona, he met Shirley Rosenberger when his neighbor asked if her big sister could borrow his washing machine. He and Shirley were married in 1957 and had four children.

Preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Afton and Shirley, his family continues their life journey: His wife, Shirley, brother, Marion Ray Hansen, and children Lynel (Linda) Bortles, Michael (Nancy) Hansen, Loretta (Michael) Klaich, Sandra (Keith) Law, Phyllis (Ricardo) Flores, Kathleen Warren, and David Hansen. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

So long, Cowboy. You will be missed.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 23, 2020

Memories

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Rebecca Schindler - Bastedo

October 22, 2020

My Uncle Jay was the Big Fish. He always had a fantastic story to tell and lots of love to give. I remember when he took me to see how Wonder Bread was made and to the track to watch the greyhounds when I was a little girl. He always had an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and a hug that let you know how much he loved you. Some of my best childhood memories include my Uncle Jay and I'm grateful he was able to come to Pennsylvania and meet my boys. I will forever be grateful that I was able to see him one last time, one last laugh, one last hug and one last memory. Rest in Peace Uncle Jay. I love and miss you. 💜

Kathleen Warren

October 17, 2020

Junius “J” Hansen, 91, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2020 in Laveen, Arizona. He had a strong relationship with his Heavenly Father and was very blessed in his faith.

Born June 4, 1929 to Niels J. Hansen and Mollie H. Beadle in Lakeside, Arizona, he was a true cowboy and liked nothing better than to ride his favorite pony, Brownie. One of his favorite jobs was as an extra on the television series “26 Men” because it meant he was able to ride horses all day. He loved to flirt, and had an infectious smile. One of his favorite sayings was: “Smile. It will make people wonder what you’ve been up to.” A man of many words, he was a prolific storyteller – most of which became more embellished over time.

In 1947, J. joined the U.S. Navy with his brother, Ray. Stationed in San Diego, he met and married Betty Jean Bortles, with whom he had three children. They divorced in 1956, and upon returning to Arizona, he met Shirley Rosenberger when his neighbor asked if her big sister could borrow his washing machine. He and Shirley were married in 1957 and had four children.

Preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Afton and Shirley, his family continues their life journey: His wife, Shirley, brother, Marion Ray Hansen, and children Lynel (Linda) Bortles, Michael (Nancy) Hansen, Loretta (Michael) Klaich, Sandra (Keith) Law, Phyllis (Ricardo) Flores, Kathleen Warren, and David Hansen. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Happy trails, Cowboy. You will be missed.

Quince R. Hansen

October 17, 2020

I remember J quite a bit. When I was a teenager, he worked at a chevron station on the corner of 27th avenue and glendale road, I think. Anyway he would help me with some gas ever now and then. I also remember years later he came to my Mom's funeral in Glendale. I have the fondest memories of him. We all know where he is now, and is at peace.

Love you all
Quince R. Hansen

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