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Vern W. Hansen

Issue Date: June 10, 2020

Vern William Hansen, 74, of Kimberly passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020, after a long illness at Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh.

Born Sept. 2, 1945, to Irving and Anna (Ottow) Hansen, he grew up in Lena where he attended school until his family  moved  to   Gillett in his senior year. He graduated from Gillett High School in 1963 and then from UW-Oshkosh. He  taught  high school  in Slinger as an English and Psychology teacher and was also a wrestling coach and football coach.

He will be remembered for his sense of humor He enjoyed time with his family.  Vern An avid reader, he read many books, was a Packer fan and attended the Ice Bowl in 1967. A huge fan of high school wrestling, he started his love of wrestling when he joined the wrestling team at Lena High School.

Before his senior year, the family moved to Gillett and found out Gillett didn't have a wrestling team. He loved the sport so much, he contacted the WIAA to ask if he could enter regionals his senior year as a one man team representing Gillett High School. The WIAA granted his request and he became the first Gillett athlete to wrestle in WIAA competition. He inspired all of his younger brothers, most of his nephews and his son to become wrestlers at Gillett High School after the school adopted the sport a few years later.

He is survived by two children, Dallas (Michelle) Hansen of Gillett and Sage Hansen of Florida; four grandchildren; nine siblings, Allen Hansen of Tasmania, Australia, Carol (Kenneth) Lindow of Horicon, Kirt (Angeline) Hansen of Gillett, Gary (Diane) Hansen of Gillett, Irving Jr. (Carol) Hansen of Green Bay, Gail (Al) Lumby of Horicon, Kevin ( Cathy) Hansen of  De Pere, Brian Hansen of Gillett and Dean (Barb) Hansen of  Shawano; two aunts, Erna Mainhardt of Manitowoc, Alice Nisk of Clearwater, Fla. and many nieces; nephews and cousins.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece, Lauren Hansen of Tasmania, Australia and a great-nephew, Justin of Horicon.

Due to the current pandemic, a private family graveside service was held on Wednesday, June 3 at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Gillett. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


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