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John Edward Hansen was born on January 28, 1931 in Cedar Falls, IA, the son of Hans Peter and Marjorie Mae (Miller) Hansen. John grew up in Cedar Falls and had many lifelong friends in the community. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1949 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree for the Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) in 1953. John worked for several years with the Waterloo Paper Company. In 1968, John became an investment broker with A.G. Edwards, retiring in 1995 after 27 years.

On July 21, 1951, John was united in marriage to Virginia JoAnn Walther. She preceded him in death in 1996. He married Martha Allbee on July 3, 1998. John was a member of Trinity Bible Church in Cedar Falls.

As a boy, John loved doing magic tricks and performing in shows. As an adult, he enjoyed performing in Community Theater, and appeared in several plays for the Cedar Falls Community Theatre. He delighted in entertaining and making people laugh. John served on the Red Cross Board, The Western Home Foundation Board and the Cedar Falls Community Theatre Board. Most recently, he loved working with children in the AWANA program at Trinity Bible Church. John will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and easy smile; his love of family and the Lord.

John died on Saturday, October 30, 2010 while a patient at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home of pancreatic cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife JoAnn and his brothers, Dr. David M. Hansen and Charles A. Hansen. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of Cedar Falls; son, Larry Hansen of Des Moines; 2 daughters, Linda (Jerry) Ranslow of Faribault, MN and Jennifer (Dennis) Eslick of Cedar Falls; 2 step daughters, Ann (John) Woods of Waterloo and Sarah (Scott) Misener of Cedar Rapids; 9 grandchildren, Kyle (Cami) Eslick, Sarah (Shawn) Stumme, Kevin (Stephanie) Eslick, Danielle Ranslow, Joshua (Courtney) Misener, Benjamin (Lindsey) Woods, Jordan (Brynna) Misener, Amy Woods and Jacob Misener and 3 sisters-in-law, Shirley Hansen of New Hampton, IA, Lois Hansen of Cedar Falls and Nancy (Jim) Fox of Waterloo.

The family would like to thank the many wonderful friends who cared for John and showed him such love during his illness and to Cedar Valley Hospice for taking such loving care of John and his family.

As a show of sympathy, the family respectfully requests memorials be sent to Trinity Bible Church, 125 Orchard Dr., Cedar Falls, IA or the Cedar Falls Community Theatre, 103 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA in lieu of flowers.

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