William J. “Bill” Hansen
William J. “Bill” Hansen, age 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 11:20 p.m., on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at MercyOne Dubuque with his loving family by his side. To celebrate Bill’s life, private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.
Bill was born on March 6, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John P. and Lena (Loeber) Hansen.
Bill was united in marriage to the love of his life, Shirley Rannals, on November 20, 1954, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 4 children and 66 years of marriage before Shirley sadly passed away earlier this year on May 5. Bill was employed with the Dubuque Packing Company for 39 years until his well earned retirement. In his free time, Bill enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Lux Club and the Eagles Club, where he was a member for 30 years. He also liked riding his motorcycles, going camping, and boating out on the river with the family. Without a doubt, spending time with his children and grandchildren was his favorite thing to do. We are deeply saddened at losing Bill so soon after losing Shirley, but find some comfort in knowing that they are now happily reunited for Eternity.
Those left to cherish Bill’s memory include
David Hansen, Iowa City, IA,
Sharon Hansen, Dubuque, IA,
Terry Hansen, Dubuque, IA
and Dawn Hansen, Dubuque, IA;
his 3 grandchildren,
Jimmy, Carrie and Jeremy;
Irene (Bernie) Behnke, Asbury, IA;
and a sister-in-law,
Alice Hansen, Dubuque, IA.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley Hansen; a daughter-in-law, Mary Hansen; and his siblings, Leonard (Rosie), John “Sonny” Jr., Betty and Louise.
Bill’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital for all of their kind and professional care of Bill.
The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Bill’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Bill Hansen Family.