Jim was born October 30, 1927, in Litchfield,
Minnesota, son of Art Hansen and Lonie Jahn. He graduated from Litchfield High School and served in the U.S. Navy in 1946-47. After his discharge he returned to his father's hardware business in Darwin, Minnesota.
On August 30, 1958, in Waterloo, Iowa, he married
Dorothy Ann McIntee, a teacher, born in Waterloo on November
17, 1934, daughter of Patrick McIntee and Mildred Stewart. Jim
and Dorothy lived in Darwin, where they operated the hardware
business until 1981, when Jim's health forced him to retire. Jim
served his community in many capacities, and after his death on
January 16, 2001, the local Knights of Columbus named their council
after him. A biography of Jim is published on their website.
Jim and Dorothy had eight children:
Patrick James, born October 24, 1959,
in Litchfield. Married Mary Caron, daughter of Vincent
Caron and Ruth Lanners, July 5, 1986.
Shawn Patrick Hansen, born April
Roseanne Hansen, born July 19, 1988.
Rebecca Hansen, born May 13, 1991.
Jessica Hansen, born December 16, 1992.
Philip Hansen, born January 19, 1995.
Margo Hansen, born July 22, 1997.
Colleen Marie, born February 23, 1961,
in Litchfield. Married September 13, 1982, to Bruce Marvin
Bonniwell, son of Marvin Bonniwell and Patricia Olson.
Joseph Bruce Bonniwell, born November
Bianca Bonniwell, born February
Christopher Jude, born February 23,
1961, in Litchfield.
John Arthur, born August 13, 1963,
in Litchfield. Married Ruth Ann Crowe, daughter of
Tom Crowe and Janice Danielson, August 23, 1985.
Stephen Hansen, born October
Nathan Hansen, born August
Grant Hansen, born June
Mary Elizabeth, born September 20,
1964, in Litchfield. Married Kurtis Gary Mortenson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Gary Mortenson, on October 15, 1988 in Darwin.
Kristina Mortenson, born November
Daniel Mortenson, born December
David Joseph, born February 25, 1966,
Garrett Hansen, born December
Lauren Hansen, born March
Catherine Ann, born May 25, 1969, in
Litchfield. Married Dana Elliott.
Michael William, born September 14,
1973, in Litchfield.
Source: Eighteen Cousins, by
Bert Jahn (1988); updated 2007
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