Gerald Dale Hansen, 87, of Akron, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Sept. 27 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jerry was born in Akron to Thomas and Della on March 19, 1932. He went to school in Akron. He married Gladys Vargo on Aug. 15, 1959 in Akron. He graduated from McKim Technical School, and worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 45 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Air Force. A licensed private pilot, he was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Sunset Flying Club. He was also President of the Goodyear Camping Club and a Cub Scout leader.
Jerry is preceded in death by his brother Thomas and brother Charles and his parents Thomas and Della.
Jerry is survived by his wife Gladys, son Craig and daughter-in-law Raquel; daughter Lisa and son-in-law Jim; grandchildren Brittani and husband Mike, Clara and Ryan and great-grandchildren Taryn, Camryn and Jocelyn.
Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Crown Hill Funeral Home.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Crown Hill Funeral Home with Army Chaplain Major Anthony G. Harris officiating, followed by military honors at Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Crown Hill Funeral Home. The funeral home can be most easily accessed by taking 38th street to Clarendon Road. The gates to the funeral home are open from sunrise, to sunset.
The family of Jerry wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of Rosegate Assisted Living for their loving care and kindness.
I too have have so many emotional memories of Jerry. To mention a few, he always wanted to fix everything even if he made the lawn mower go backwards instead of forwards, and the card games were great. He was the only one who could make cheating fun. He was so good at that..but we all knew it. His “gong” shows and organ playing were always so entertaining at Christmas. We will all miss him so much. May he Rest In Peace.
I know that when people pass away, there are many emotions that flood into us. In the case of Jerry Hansen I have to believe that in between the tears a smile hits your face. If I never met the man who was the life of the party I’d have never met your Dad. He was a combination of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Chuck Yeager with a huge dose of Walt Disney in him. He always made you feel not just welcomed but needed in whatever was going on.
it’s funny how feeling wanted or needed just makes you feel good. Jerry could always do that. A huge part of that was the hospitality that Dad had because of the support Mom always provided, she was the food and beverage provider while Dad could be the Greatest Showman. Come to think of it that really describes your Dad. When you were in his presence he always had a three ring circus going on around him.
Every holiday or family get together was made even better by the Master of Ceremonies, your Dad... whether it was a keyboard in the trunk or bright lights and sound machines we were always entertained, Gong Shows etc were the norm for your Dad. Everyone was richer for the time they spent playing games with Dad.
I know without a doubt Bud and Jerry are telling the Angels how to fly right and your Dad was laughing at the gates to heaven cause he secretly had an Ace of hearts up his sleeve. We all know how he loved to play cards and he was the king of cheating... Moms always has been a better card player and Ryan has learned from her but magically the extra Ace, or joker always ended up under your Dads chair.
Lisa Craig and Glady, thanks for sharing Jerry Hansen with me...