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Information for Ross W. Hansen

14 December, 1916 - 27 December, 1993

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

29 December, 1993
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Ross Hansen

    Ross W. Hansen, 77, of Caldwell, died Monday, December 27, 1993, at a Boise hospital.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, December 31, 1993, at the LDS Stake Center, Highway 30, Caldwell.  Bishop James W. Radford will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Middleton Cemetery, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
    Mr. Hansen was born December 14, 1916, at Woodland, (Lakeside), Arizona, the fourth of twelve children born to Augustus and Lydia Whipple Hansen.  He was reared and educated in Lakeside and was an active member of the FFA.  He went to Kansas City with a cattle judging team where he took the individual award for judging beef cattle.  There he earned a scholarship to Arizona State and was given a job offer from Swift Meat Company.  He served a mission in 1937 in the Texas Louisiana Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He married Hazel Ferrell, who was to be his life companion for over 54 years, in the Salt Lake Temple on October 2, 1939, and the couple made their first home in Lakeside, Arizona, where Ross farmed with his father and brothers.  During WWII he supplied milk for Southwest Lumber Mills and the White River and Apache Indian Reservations.  He was given a clergy deferment from the Army because he served as a second councilor in the Bishopric.  Upon selling the dairy he went to work for Southwest Lumber Mills as a sawyer and then as a woodstimeskeeper.  In January of 1948, Ross and Hazel moved to Middleton.  Four of Ross' children were born in Lakeside and a fifth child was born in Caldwell.  In 1956 they moved to the Black Canyon Project north of Caldwell where they have since resided.
    Ross was very active in the LDS Church.  During his activity, he served as a Bishop's Counselor, High Counselman, three Stake missions, Scouting, numerous teaching positions and was a lifelong home teacher.  His present calling in the Church was as a worker at the Boise Idaho Temple.
    Dad dedicated his life to the service of his God, his family and neighbors around him.
    He is survived by his wife, Hazel; a son and daughter-in-law, Merlin K. and Marlene Hansen of Eagle; three daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and James Atkinson of Middleton, Cheryl and Glen Forsberg of Middleton and Mary Beth and Larry Armstrong of Arimo, Idaho; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Dona and Jo Ison of Caldwell, Loma and Grayson Jones of Hyrum, Utah; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bruce and Barbara Hansen and Boyd DeRae Hansen, all of Littleton, Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Nonda Hansen of Wilcox, Arizona, and Chloe Hansen of Littleton, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, five brothers, a son, Ross Ferrell Hansen, and a grandson, David Brent Hansen.
    The family will receive their friends at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. and at the Relief Society Room at the Stake Center on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.


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