June 23, 1943-June 16, 2017
CANBY – Services for John “Banker” Hansen, 73, of Lynd, formerly of Canby, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. Burial will be in the Canby City Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. today at the Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, in Canby, and will resume Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
He died Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Sanford Canby Medical Center.
John William Hansen, best known as “Banker” or Poppa, was born on June 23, 1943, in Morton, to James and Vera (Witte) Hansen. John graduated from Morton High School and served three years in the Army, stationed in Alaska. Upon his return he pursued a degree in banking.
John married Patty Rekedal on April 2, 1966, and they had three children. During their life together they lived in Iowa City, Iowa, Ankeny, Iowa, Winona, Waukon, Iowa and later Canby.
Years following Patty’s death in 1991, John married Jan Maeyaert on the Crazy J Ranch on Aug. 21, 1999. Jan had three children with her late husband.
John was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby, and later of First Lutheran of Marshall. He was a member of Jaycees, Lion’s Club, Canby School Board, Ducks Unlimited, and the Redwood Valley Riders. John was known for his quick wit and salty humor. He was able to quote every word of John Wayne’s films and considered him a hero. He thoroughly enjoyed his banking career and his years spent with the Canby Credit Union. He was dedicated to Canby team sports while raising his own children, and continued to enjoy watching his grandchildren participate over the years.
Golfing with his pals, spending time at the lake with family, trail riding and ranch rodeo, fishing, calling bingo for the grandkids, and endlessly (and voluntary!) mowing the lawn are just a handful of things that brought him joy. John’s great love for his grandchildren echoed through rooms in the form of elaborate stories, an endless catalog of songs, and his fine art of teasing.
John suffered a stroke a few years ago while spending time at their home in Arizona, which led to many health complications over the years.
John is remembered by his wife of 18 years, Jan Maeyaert-Hansen of Lynd; three children, Kevin (wife Lisa) Hansen, Kari (husband Kelly) O’Connor, and Kelly (wife Susie) Hansen; three stepchildren, Scott (wife Julie) Maeyaert, Sarah (husband Alex) Avedikian, and Jessa Fowler; 15 grandchildren, Stephanie Hansen, Case Hansen, Caitlin Hansen, Jack O’Connor, Sawyer Hansen, Shea Hansen, Nick O’Connor, Sarah Hansen, Harriett Hansen, Evita Hansen, Isabella Avedikian, Zachary Maeyaert, Alexandra Avedikian, Kennedy Fowler, and Camden Fowler; and brothers, Jim (wife Bev) Hansen, Jerry (wife Lynn) Hansen, Jay (wife Joyce) Hansen, and Joe Hansen.
John is preceded in death by his parents, James and Vera Hansen; and his first wife, Patty.
Farewell, our dear John. Happy trails to you…