George Hansen, 90, a long-time Sunnyside and
Grandview resident, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2004 at Richland Lifecare
George was born on July 8, 1913 in Ellensburg, the
son of Henry and Ella (Kaaro) Hansen. He received his education in Ellensburg
and graduated from Kittitas High School with the class of 1933. He went to work
as a cook for the C.C. Camps in Wenatchee and Hood Canal.
On Jan. 1, 1934 he married Pearl Jaques in
Following their marriage
George worked at the C.C. Camp for several months before returning to the
Ellensburg/ Badger Pocket area to help his father on the family potato ranch.
In 1939 the Hansen family moved to Seattle, where George worked for five years
They moved back to the Yakima
Valley, farming in Zillah for a short time before buying a home and 80 acres of
land on Bethany Road. George and Pearl cleared the land of sagebrush and began
farming alfalfa, corn and raising cattle for 20 years. In 1959 they sold their
acreage and moved to Benton City, where they farmed the twin silo place for
three years, later returning to their original farm on Bethany Road. The
Hansen’s also purchased a peach orchard and people came from all over the
Northwest for George Hansen Peaches.
His wife and farming partner, Pearl, passed away in 1979.
George later met and married Clara Allen. After
her passing, he married Helen Parker and she passed away in 2001.
He is survived by his daughter, Frances Chambers
of Benton City; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother,
Willard Hansen of Mt. Vernon, and two sisters, Elsie Schilling of Vancouver and
Marjorie Swett of Roundpond, Maine.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives,
Pearl, Clara and Helen; one son, Jimmy Hansen: one daughter, Bonnie Hansen;
son-in-law, Dick Chambers; and one brother, Ernest Hansen.
Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday,
June 3, 2004, from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 2 p.m. at the
Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens,
Sunnyside, under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home.