Milford - On July 16, 2019 Edward J Hansen passed peacefully while surrounded by loved ones.
He was born October 17, 1942 to Morris and Marjorie (Seefeldt) Hansen while Morris was stationed at Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, CO. Eddie’s early years were spent enthusiastically exploring his surroundings, on and off military bases, throughout the United States, Germany, and Italy. However, to Eddie, home was always the Seefeldt Family Farm in Eldron, Wisconsin, and his desire to return there was often the catalyst for his many adventures and explorations. In 1957, Eddie was permitted to take a break from Army life and return to the farm to live, work, and receive his high school education under the guidance of his mentor and uncle, Richard Seefeldt.
After graduating from Wittenberg High School in 1961, Ed enlisted and honorably served our country in the United States Army from 1961-1971. His overseas duty included assignment to Camp Hovey, Korea as well as serving as a Combat Medic with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam (1969-1970), where he received an Army Commendation. He was a proud veteran who was a member of several VFW and American Legion Posts.
Ed attended Franklin University after exiting the Army, but his civilian life and career were largely shaped by his military experiences and training, as well as the technical and trade school programs he completed after. Ed worked in dental supply and equipment from 1971 until his retirement. He had an excellent mechanical ability, he was enthusiastic and cooperative, and he was always striving to improve his knowledge and capabilities. Ed was a personable man who was well liked and respected across his chosen industry, and he maintained strong professional relationships throughout his career.
Ed was a warm and humorous conversationalist who had a natural curiosity about the world around him. He delighted in learning new things and when passing that knowledge along, he did so with a big grin and a “Heh, who’d have thunk it?!”. He was a fisherman and sportsman who had tremendous respect for nature, and an appreciation for a good bird dog. Ed was also particularly adept at target sports such as trap shooting and archery. His simple pleasures included Western movies, woodworking, playing cards with his family, puzzles of all kinds, and following both college and professional sports. While his favorite teams were the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and Milwaukee Brewers, he enjoyed the skill and strategy of all sports, and truly enjoyed the camaraderie in a good game or match.
As a fisherman, Ed belonged to many Bass fishing clubs both in the Midwest and in the Mid-Atlantic. He successfully competed in many tournaments throughout both regions, and wherever he lived, he made it a practice to study and know the lakes and rivers surrounding him. Where he took the most joy, though, was at the local ponds and streams where he could impart his enthusiasm, knowledge, and skill for fishing to the children and grandchildren whom he loved so dearly.
Mr. Hansen is survived by his devoted wife, Patricia Hansen, his adoring daughter, Kimberly Hansen (William) Pierson, and his beloved mother, Marjorie Seefeldt Hansen Beckwith. He will be lovingly remembered by all his children and numerous grandchildren who will forever have his unconditional love; Todd (Gaye) Hansen, Rodney (Christina) Hansen, Julie Balser. Patricia’s children; Jan (Richard) Baker, Chip (cheryl) Eslin, Beth Coleman, Scott Eslin and Brian Eslin. Never absent from his heart were the children from a previous marriage; David Cullen, Fred Cullen, Julie Sanders and Debra Dumas. In Wisconsin, the place Eddie always called home, his memory will be cherished by his two sisters; Bonita (Robert) Godin, Joyce (Sam) Verkuilen, his uncle Richard (Hilda) Seefeldt, and his extended family of aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. Ed was preceded in death by his father, Morris J. Hansen, and by his stepfather, William G. Beckwith.
A private memorial will be held in Delaware, followed by a celebration of his life and then final interment in Wisconsin at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the VFW Post 2931, 14411 VFW Road, Ellendale, DE 19941.