James H. “Jim” Hansen

James H. “Jim” Hansen

October 1, 1941 – February 4, 2021

James “Jim” Harry Hansen was united with his Heavenly Father on Feb. 4, 2021 at the age of 79 at CHI Creighton Medical Center-Bergan Mercy Hospital (Omaha, Nebraska).

Jim was born on October 1, 1941 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  He was the first born to Harry Eugene and Emily Alice (Nelsen) Hansen and later joined by brother Terry and sister Christy.  In his youth, Jim ran hard and played hard in his South Omaha neighborhood, making many, many lifelong friends and meeting the love of his life, Patricia.  He graduated with the class of 1959 from South High School.  Following graduation, Jim proudly answered the call to serve his country with the United States Marine Corp.  He achieved the rank of Lance Corporal while based in Okinawa, Japan.  He was honorably discharged in 1963 having gained an expert ranking in rifle and pistol marksmanship.

He then returned to Omaha and his sweetheart, Patricia Klein.  They were united in marriage on January 18, 1964 and resided in the Omaha/Western Iowa area their entire lives. Omaha, Crescent, Underwood, Cedar Creek, and Louisville are where they were blessed with 57 years of marriage and three children: Terry Ray, Dan Lee, and Jamie Lynn.  Jim and Pat renewed their vows on their 40th anniversary with Jim shocking his lovely bride with a customized love song, crooned on bended knee.

Jim worked in the processing department for Kellogg’s in Omaha, for 32 years. After retirement, he served the residents of the Louisville Care Center, ministering to their needs and escorting them on appointments.  He found time for golf, hunting, fishing and shore lunches, baseball, Husker volleyball, dancing with his sweetheart, and watching his children and grandchildren play ball.  He had great patience and found great joy in sharing his love and wisdom of hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. Jim was the king of dad jokes and always had one at the ready for every audience.  His smile could light a darkened path and he never knew a stranger.  Easy to know, easy to get along with, and loved by all.

Jim was saved by the love of Jesus Christ and was born again in 1978.  He was blessed with the gift of evangelism and fearlessly brought innumerable souls to Christ.  He put up big numbers for the Lord.

Welcoming Jim into heaven were his parents, Harry “Heb”and Emily; parents-in-law, Arthur and Freda Klein; and grandson, Corey Eledge.

Surviving Jim are his wife Pat; children: Terry and wife Sheri of Glenwood, Iowa, Dan of Arkansas, Jamie and husband Scott Lashier of Cedar Creek, Nebraska; brother, Terry Hansen (Nancy); sister, Christy Pacholski (John); grandchildren: Dr. Austin, Broc, and Taryn Hansen, Tad and Josh Bouvier, Kylee Bouvier and Nathan, Colton Eledge (Maddie), Daniele Mathison (AJ), Molly Dushkin (PJ), Lindsay Fishback (Neale), Andrew Lashier and Meg Lashier. thirteen great- grandchildren; many loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends… and let’s not forget Jim’s best friend Daisy, his Teddy Bear dog of 17 years.

Private interment:  Omaha National Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska at a later date.

Celebration of Life:  On a bright summer day to be determined.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

6 Comments

  • John, Marge & Tim Hobbs Posted February 6, 2021 7:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  • Michael Aliano Posted February 6, 2021 7:47 pm

    Dear Pat and family,
    I’m so sorry and sad to learn of Jim’s passing. It was my pleasure to have known Jim for such a short period of time. Jim would always end a visit with a joke. And he had a bunch of jokes to tell. All of you who read this please take care and love each other. I’m sure that’s how Jim would’ve wanted it.

  • Ralph Pree Posted February 7, 2021 11:13 am

    Jim was a kind and generous man. Jim was one of the nicest men I have ever been able to call a friend. He will be missed by many. May God bless his family as they grieve their loss.. Ralph

  • Steve and Annise York Posted February 7, 2021 1:47 pm

    We loved Jim. He was one of the first neighbors to welcome us into the neighborhood with tomatoes he’d grown, big smiles, and a love for God and for others. We will surely miss him and look forward to being reunited in heaven. Our condolences to Pat and family.

  • Barb Nowick Posted February 7, 2021 4:03 pm

    Pat, so sorry to hear about Jim. Even the short time knowing him proved to me what a great guy he was. He spent so much time going out of his way making Manuel feel special by visiting him at the Care Center whenever he could. I will miss seeing Jim practice his golf swing with Daisy’s help.
    –Barb

  • Ralph and Donna Belitz Posted February 9, 2021 12:25 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing,He was always kind and thoughtful1. .He was also one of my oldest golfing buddies who still played whenever I got to Omaha. We didn’t see Jim and Pat as often as we would have liked but it was always a pleasure! Had known him for 50 years and will miss him very much! Our deepest condolences to Pat and all the Hansen family!

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