James G. Hansen of Iola, Kansas passed away peacefully on Dec. 13, 2022 in Arvada, Colo.
James was born Sept. 5, 1928 in North Platte to George and Mabel Hansen. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1948 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was stationed in England. He was Honorably Discharged in 1954.
He then married Rosa A. Cramer in Iola. They made their home in North Platte where James was employed as a locomotive engineer for Union Pacific Railroad. He worked there for 47 years. Upon his retirement, they moved to Iola until 2017 where he worked for Iola Sterling Six Cinema, which he enjoyed tremendously.
In 2017, they moved to Arvada to live with their son Tim until their deaths.
Rosa passed away on March 13, 2020, after a short illness. She was born on Oct. 15, 1933 to Fred and Lucile Cramer and was raised on a farm south of LaHarpe, Kansas. She graduated from Iola High School and worked for the SG Kress Company in Iola.
She was a dedicated and loving mother raising four children. She was also very active in the church and was an active volunteer.
She and James also had numerous foster children that they cared for over the years in North Platte. They both loved gardening, camping, spending time with grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
They are survived by sons, Timothy Hansen (Kevin Davis) of Arvada and Eric Hansen (Cabrina) of North Platte; daughter, Cynthia Walters (Dewayne) of Henderson, Neb.; eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and other family.
In addition, James is survived by his sister, Helen Huebner of Omaha.
Rosa is survived by her sisters, May Jackson of Mound City, Kan., Mary (Martin) Henderson of Elsmore, Kan., and brother David (Sandy) Cramer of Humboldt, Kan.
Both were preceded in death by their parents; and daughter, Sharon K. Hansen (Fisher).
Funeral services for James and Rosa were Saturday, March 11 at First Christian Church in Iola. Both were cremated and will be buried at LaHarpe Cemetery with graveside services following the ceremony.
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