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February 3, 2023

7/31/2020 7:29:00 AM
William (Bill) M. Hansen

Bill Hansen, age 93, a long-time resident of McNaughton, died on July 29, 2020, after a valiant struggle with cancer.

The son of the late Arthur and Jenny (Christensen) Hansen and the youngest of seven siblings who all preceded him in death, he is survived by his wife of 73 years, Peggy (Dusing) Hansen, and daughters Sharon (Allen, deceased) Crouch of Medinah, Ill., Donna (George "Jocko") Edlund of McNaughton, Cary (Brian) Stelzel of Rhinelander, and Louise (Jim) Borchers of Palatine, Ill., and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Janet Hansen, and grandsons Jason Sweo and Bill Crouch.

A native of Chicago, Bill was raised on the northwest side of the city where he met his future wife, Peggy, and where their five daughters were born. They became active in their church, The Northside Gospel Center, the Awana youth ministry, and Christian camping.

In 1964, they moved to Rhinelander to work full-time in Christian camping with Fort Wilderness.

After retirement, Bill and Peg became active members of Lake Tomahawk Bible Church and continued to work with youth in Awana. Bill also taught a men's Bible Class and often spoke at senior retirement homes.

A disabled veteran, who served in the U.S. Army toward the end of World War II, Bill was a voracious reader and enjoyed sports, swimming, and spending time with people. The Hansen farm was host to many cookouts, hayrides, and campfires.

A visitation for Bill will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Carlson Funeral Home. Attendance will be restricted to social distancing guidelines and all in attendance will be required to wear masks. Graveside services for Bill will then be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 at the Newbold Memorial Cemetery.

Attendance at the graveside is not restricted, however social distancing will be observed and masks required. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago.

You may leave your private condolences for the Hansen family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Hansen family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Article comment by: Kay Vinci

I apologize for this late reply. I only just now learned of Bill's passing. I am Joe Vinci's youngest daughter Kay Vinci. I live in Costa Mesa, CA. I want to say thank you for loving our family so well all those years ago. I have fond memories of being at your home, playing with your daughters and climbing haystacks in your barn. The Lord bless and keep you, until me meet again in Jesus' presence at that final reunion with all our loved ones.

Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Article comment by: Marlene Walrath- Skinkle

My love, sympathy and prayers to the family. Wonderful memories of one of Gods choice servants and his family.

Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Article comment by: Skip Nelson

To all of me Hanson family,
It is a sad time for sure and my heart and prayers go out to all of you. I had so many great memories of being out at the farm whether it was working in the fields or the barn. Bill was always right there with us! I love you all and God bless you in this time as always!

Posted: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Article comment by: Cheryl Williams

Im so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a wonderful, sweet man. My thoughts and sympathies are with you.

Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020
Article comment by: Lynn Kielhold

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you and you were so blessed to have him for so long. Keep in alive in your hearts with all the beautiful memories

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