Paul Fredrick Hansen, age 94, passed away on October 20, 2022, in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Paul was born at home on July 18, 1928 in Conception Junction, Missouri, to parents Lehman and Edith Hansen. He attended Horace Mann High School, in Maryville, MO, where he met his future wife, Norma Jean Davison. Paul and Jeannie married in 1948 and were proud to celebrate 74 years of marriage. After marriage, Paul worked at Lloyd Chain in Maryville. It was there that Paul had a boss named Norvel Sayler. Mr. Sayler had a big impact on Paul’s life, and Paul credited him for influencing and enabling him to attend college while working and raising his family. Paul was forever grateful to Norvel for the opportunities he was given and spoke of him often all through his life. Paul and Jean raised five daughters: Linda, Diane, Debbie, Paula and Lisa. Paul often talked about how blessed he was to have such wonderful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In addition to working, going to college and raising his family, Paul was an ordained minister in Community of Christ. He served as Pastor of the Maryville congregation for almost 20 years. Paul graduated from Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) in Maryville with his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in 1966 and his Master of Science in Education in 1973. After receiving his Master’s degree, Paul started a new career as a high school Math and Business teacher in Shenandoah, IA. After their youngest daughter graduated from high school, Paul and Jean moved to Shenandoah, where they lived for 20 years. They then moved to Independence, MO where they lived for another 20 years. During this time, Paul volunteered as a tour guide for the Community of Christ Peace Temple. Paul and Jean were snowbirds and spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona, where they had many wonderful friends. In 2021, Paul and Jean moved to The Parkway Senior Living Center in Blue Springs, MO.
Paul loved to tell a good “dad” joke and loved a good pun. He loved to tell stories and had a remarkable memory for the details of his life. He recorded these stories for us and we will carry them in our hearts always. He loved collecting coins, elephants, and antiques. He was a gentle man who was patient and slow to anger. He was a humble man who never understood the positive impact he had on so many, in his roles as husband, father, grandfather, pastor, minister, teacher, and friend. He had a great faith and talked often about how blessed he had been in his life. He was open and accepting of all and we will miss him greatly.
Paul is survived by his wife of 74 years, Norma Jean Hansen, of Blue Springs, MO; daughters Linda (John) Rounds, Springfield, IL, Diane (Mike) Fallein, Cameron, MO, Debbie (Jim) Adams, Springfield, MO, Paula (Tim) Kellenberger, Sabetha, KS, and Lisa (Charlie) Conway, Cheshire, CT; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his brothers Emmett and Lehman and sisters Jean and Joyce. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community of Christ Stone Church, 1012 West Lexington Ave., Independence, MO 64050 https://www.stone-church.org/donate.html