In memory of

Fred Orren Hansen

December 11, 1927 - January 27, 2020
From: Sac City, IA | Originally: Denison, IA
Fred Orren Hansen

Fred Orren Hansen

Born: December 11, 1927
Died: January 27, 2020
Age: 92
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   Fred Orren Hansen, age 92 of Sac City, IA, formerly of Denison, IA, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 27, 2020, at Black Hawk Life Care Center in Lake View, IA.  Fred Orren Hansen was born on December 11, 1927, to parents Fred P. and Hilda (Rowedder) Hansen in Hayes Township just south of Westside, IA.  He was baptized on October 19, 1929, at his parent’s home.

   Fred grew up and went to school in Gray, IA. He graduated from Gray Community School with the Class of 1946 as valedictorian.  Sports were always a big part of his life, playing basketball during high school and then after graduating, playing softball with the local Gray softball team. 

   On June 4, 1950, Fred married LaRue Hagge, the love of his life, at the Presbyterian Church in Manning, IA.   Growing up, he was always known as Orren to his family and friends but after being drafted into the United States Army on February 4, 1952, he would be called by his given name, Fred. He and LaRue lived in El Paso, TX, while he was in radar training and then later moved to Fort Monroe, VA, until he was honorably discharged on February 3, 1954. After returning home, he and LaRue settled on a farm near Gray. Soon their family would begin with daughters, Cheryl and Lisa. They raised their girls in Denison where Fred worked as a butcher in a grocery store for many years.  Later he would work in the quality control department for Farmland Foods where he retired in 1993 after 16 years of working there.

   Fred loved being outdoors, whether working in the yard or in the garden.  His favorite things included an annual fishing trip to Minnesota in June.  Fred loved to watch the Chicago Cubs ballgames. It was a longtime watching for dedicated fans like Fred and his brother Bob until the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.  He also enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play football and basketball and rarely missed an Iowa State game.  Fred was a very supportive fan; always attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. Although he never had a son, Fred was blessed with two son-in-laws and enjoyed time spent with them fishing, watching ballgames or playing cards. Fred was a family man and spent many weekends with his brothers and cousins and their families.   There would most likely be a game of penny-ante poker or some other card game going on.  Fred loved to sit on the deck and listen to the Big Band Music of the 40’s, or Lawrence Welk or even some Polka. If he wasn’t watching a ballgame on TV, his favorite shows were Blue Bloods or watching Hallmark Movies with his daughters.  There might be a tear in their eyes, but there was always a happy ending.  After retirement, Fred and LaRue loved spending time near their children at their cabin on Black Hawk Lake in Lake View.  

   Fred was a very thoughtful and softspoken person that would greet you with his smile.   He was a loving caregiver; helping LaRue take care of her parents when they became older by taking them to ballgames, fairs and parades.  Later when LaRue had health issues, he was always by her side and took her to appointments.  The greatest gift a parent can give their children is to show by example the person they should be.

   Fred’s gentle and caring nature will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him. Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Cheryl Campbell of Sac City, IA, and Lisa (Chuck) Struchen of Early, IA; grandchildren: Timothy (Adrienne) Campbell of Commerce City, CO, Todd (Abigail) Campbell of Saint Johnsbury, VT, Ashley Struchen (fiancé Darick Wold) of Owatonna, MN, and Austin Struchen (fiancé  Rachel Boyle) of Holstein, IA; great grandchildren: Ava, Sean and Sophia Campbell of Commerce City, CO, and Warren, Henry and William Campbell of Saint Johnsbury, VT; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.

   Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years, LaRue Hansen; son-in-law, Warren Campbell; brothers: Alvin (Alice) Hansen, Melvin Hansen, Robert Hansen and Billy (Maureen) Hansen; parents-in-law, Melvin and Eldora Hagge.

Tribute Video
11:00 a.m., Friday
January 31, 2020
First Presbyterian Church
Sac City, Iowa
Reverend Missy Brown
5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday
January 30, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
1:30 p.m., Friday
January 31, 2020
Manning Cemetery
Manning, Iowa


Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:24 AM
“So sorry to hear of Fredís passing. He was a great neighbor & a wonderful man. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Cheryl& Lisa & your families.”
- Kathy & Jim Boyington
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 8:47 PM
“Cheryl & Lisa: So sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. Just learned of it today! We would not have been to attend as I just fell this Tuesday and broke my leg so I am now in the Manning Plaza for probably 2 months. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy”
- Duane & Janice Monson
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 8:47 PM
“Sorry for Your loss Cheryl. Prayers for You & Your Family
Mardie Sharpe”
- Mardie Sharpe
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:27 PM
“Cheryl - I am so sorry for your loss - prayers for you and your family.”
- Bobbie Wells
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:27 PM
“Sorry to hear of Fred's passing. I worked for Council Oak Foods with Fred and have remained friends. We lived neighbors to Melvin & Eldora. Fred's was always there for them if they needed help. He and LaRue enjoyed many good years together, and dearly loved his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
God's Blessings. ”
- Jerry Boger
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:27 PM
“To Fred's loved ones, you have my deepest sympathy. Your Dad and Mom used to go along with me on Crawford Club trips and we shared many laughs. Remembering the time we went to Mackinac Island and we stayed at the Grand Hotel. Your Mom wanted a picture of herself on the 4 poster bed which was so high off the floor and she couldn't get on the bed. So your Dad, our guide, another lady and myself were lifting her up on the bed and we all started laughing and almost dropped her from all of our laughing. Great memories! ”
- Lana Henningsen
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:27 PM
“The Jensen family extends our deepest sympathy to Orren's family. Our Mom, Elaine, who is now deceased, was best friends with Orren & LaRue for many years. They spent lots of time together when they were young couples. Thinking of all of you in your loss & offering prayers of comfort & strength.”
- Julie Hansen
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:27 PM
“I really enjoyed Fred when I worked at Black Hawk Life Care Center. The last time I saw him he was enjoying music by Elvis Presley. What a great smile he had! I know you will miss him, but may your memories serve as a comfort in the days ahead.”
- Donna Schwanz
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 1:42 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about Fred (Oren). He was a good man. The thing I remember about him the most was his beautiful smile. I know he is at peace. Prayers and sympathy for you all”
- Linda Hansen Marsh
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 1:42 PM
“I have so many fond memories of Orren going back to the late 50's at family reunions in Manning. What a special person! He will be missed...
- Debby Spencer
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