George Hansen, 90, a long-time Sunnyside and Grandview resident, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2004 at Richland Lifecare Center.

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 Ellensburg.

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 at Boeing.

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.


Comments are subject to moderator review and may not appear immediately on the site.

Please read our commenting policy before posting.

Any comment violating the site's commenting guidelines will be removed and the user could be banned from the site.

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment