Stayton – Jim, 85,
died September 18 in Salem. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD.,
to J.P. and Lina (Kalweit) Hansen. At an early age, Jim’s
family moved to Kalispell, MT. After attending Kalispell
schools, Jim attended the University of Montana where he
received an infantry commission. He served in Japan and Korea
during the Korean War, returned to school and received a
Bachelor’s degree in business.
He married Jan Dirks
in 1958. In 1960 they had a daughter, Valerie. Due to her
physical disabilities they moved to Portland and eventually
Stayton where children, Steve and Kris joined the family. Jim
spent 25 years as a tax consultant at a law firm. During that
time he served in civic organizations including, Kiwanis,
Library Board, City Budget Committee, Boy Scout Troop 50 and
Rotary. Jim was named Stayton First Citizen in 1985. He also
helped build the Stayton High School cafeteria, and rebuild
Jordan Covered Bridge.
After retiring in
1987, Jim bought a 36 foot sailboat and spent many years on
the waters of Washington and British Columbia. A high point of
Jim’s life was when he crewed on a friend’s sailboat,
sailing to Tahiti and later to Hawaii. He and Jan enjoyed
traveling abroad and also spent many winters in Yuma.
Jim is survived by
his wife: Jan Hansen of Stayton; daughter: Kris Hansen of
Portland; and daughter-in-law: Jill Hansen of Anthem, AZ. He
was preceded in death by daughter, Valerie and son, Steve.
contributions may be made to Stayton Library, Santiam Heritage
Foundation or Stayton area food banks. A Remembrance Gathering
will be held, Saturday, September 28 from 1 – 4:00 pm at
Santiam Golf Club, Stayton. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.