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Walter Hansen

Walter Darrel Hansen, age 73, of Moberly, Missouri, went home to sing with his Savior, on July 30, 2020 at Columbia University Hospital. Darrel was born on May 28, 1947 in Orofino, Idaho to Harry and Nellie Hansen (Bonner). As a first generation American from Denmark. He graduated from the Weippe High School and studied at Lewis - Clark State College, University of Idaho and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Darrel then used his talents to become a Pastor of the Wesleyan Church at three different congregations before accepting a job with Ameren Missouri with whom he retired. He married Jean Davidson on June 15, 1968 in Mexico, Missouri and the two had just celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary. He continued to serve his community by being the Former President of the Randolph County Ambulance District, Former President of the Boone Electric Cooperative, Chaplain of the Moberly’s Sheriff Department and Chaplain of Troop B of Macon Highway Patrol. He was also a proud member of the First Assembly of God Church where he was a Deacon for many years and a coach for the Bible Quiz competitions. When he wasn’t serving his community he fully enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, singing and playing the guitar, being on the phone with everyone he loved (he was always on the phone), being the “official" photographer for his grandkids life events and traveling around the world with his wife visiting 6 countries and 48 states. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Nellie and sister, Joy. Darrel is survived by his wife, Jean Hansen of Clark, Missouri; son, Russell Hansen of Stewartsville, New Jersey and daughter, Lori Link and husband Michael of Menifee, California; grandchildren, Ale Martinez of Carlsbad, California, Christian Risch of Clark, Missouri, Quinton Risch and fiancé Kerri of Quincy, Illinois and Amber Beaman and husband Ryan of Cairo, Missouri; great granddaughter, Rylee Beaman of Cairo, Missouri and brother, Gene Hansen of Lewston, Idaho. A memorial visitation celebrating Darrel’s life has been scheduled for Sunday, August 02, 2020 from 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm at First Assembly of God Church in Moberly, Missouri. A Facebook live event will be at 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm for a quick memorial service and the link will be provided at https://www.facebook.com/MoberlyFirst/. Following the Live Event, friends and family are welcome to come to the church to pay their respects to the family. In compliance with COVID and the Safety of our family, we ask for you to please wear a mask and recommend stay time is 10 - 15 min after you speak with the family. Per Darrel’s wishes, he will not be having a funeral service or grave site visit. We thank you for your support and love during this time.

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I have so many wonderful memories of a great man that I would fill this whole wall if I started writing them all. When I first moved to Macon and the Lord told me Moberly First Assembly was to be my church home, I was delighted to meet Darrel and Jean on my first Sunday there and we soon became lifelong friends. Some amazing vacations together in Europe and the Lands Down Under as well as good ol' Branson. So many times of blessed fellowship together at each others' homes or great restaurants like Lamberts Cafe! Through life's ups and downs, from endless blessings of a growing family and friends to the challenges of the house fire and other things that life throws our way, Darrel always was gentle, kind and positive. He always found a way to turn the challenges into opportunities to share the love of Christ with others. When I was new in MO and needed a friend, he was always there and always welcoming and kind. We will miss you Darrel but our lives were so much richer for the precious times we enjoyed with you over many wonderful decades. Rest in peace, from your friend Andrew Hewitt

Andrew Hewitt Aug 3 2020 12:57 AM

Dear Jean and family..... My condolences on Darrells passing. I remember him so well from our days at Moberly First Assembly. He was always a blessing to us all. I know God will comfort you and bring you peace, knowing Darrell is with the Lord now.

Anne Menzel Aug 2 2020 8:39 PM

When I first met darrel I was just a normal person riding with the sheriffs office... Darrel greeted me with a handshake and that warm smile he always had on his face... he was a great person, great friend, overall a great person... he will be truly missed.. but it's never goodbye its always see you again

Jeffrey Feltner Aug 2 2020 11:17 AM

Lori and family, May God comfort you in your time of grief. Bob and Julie Gillaspie

Bob and Julie Gillaspie Aug 1 2020 5:36 PM