Chester Allen Hansen, age 85 of Kewaunee died peacefully at home on Friday, January 17, 2014 in the arms of his loving angel and wife of sixty years. Chester was born on September 23, 1928 in Ingalls, MI to the late Henry and Anna (Johnson) Hansen.
Chester served his country in the U. S. Army two terms during the Korean War. After his return from service, he found employment in Kewaunee where he met and fell in love with his soon to be wife, Eleanor Barrette. They married on November 28, 1953. Chet and Elly loved each other passionately for all of their sixty years, they were the best of friends that rarely were apart. Together, they built their home and raised four daughters, worked like crazy, but always made time for fun to nurture their relationship. They spent a lot of time with many cherished friends throughout the years and truly valued them playing cards, snowmobiling and country line dancing. Upon retirement, he realized his childhood dream of owning his own sawmill.
Chester was a member of Robinson Legion Post of Carlton and V.F.W. Post 3392 of Kewaunee.
Chester is survived by his wife, Eleanor; four daughters and two sons-in-law: Kathy and Paul Jacques; Sue Schneider and Wayne Roberts; Linda Hansen-Overly and Jim Overly; Jakki Hansen; ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; two sisters: Grace (Norman) Harrison; Donna Mae Vincent and many nieces, nephews and friends. Chester was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter, Danielle.
Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Monday January 20 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee. American Legion and V.F.W. services will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues on Tuesday after 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Pilsen until the time of services. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Dennis Drury officiating, with full military rites following. Entombment will be in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.
The family would like to thank Dr. Calloway and his staff at Prevea, Unity Hospice, members of the Journey Club family, friends and neighbors for all the support and help during this past year