Thomas Richard Hansen

DECORDOVA — Thomas Richard Hansen, 83, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2009, in Temple. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church in Granbury. Entombment will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Mausoleum in Fort Worth. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury  and 12-1 p.m. Thursday at the church.

  Mr. Hansen was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Mission to Richard M. Hansen and Jewell Dillard Hansen. He married Barbara Baker, Apr. 5, 1947, in McAllen. He was a 1951 graduate of Texas Christian University with a BS in physical education. Mr. Hansen served with the U.S. Merchant Marines and the 82nd Airborne Division. After his military service he taught in the Fort Worth School District. In 1953, he moved to Odessa and began his career in the oil field service sector. He started the Thomas Hansen Company in 1958 in Odessa and operated the company until he sold it in 1988. The Hansen's lived in Fort Worth, Stephenville, Odessa and Oklahoma City until retiring in DeCordova 15 years ago. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Granbury. His priorities in life were his belief in God, his love for family, his love for golf and his charity work which are too numerous to list individually.

Mr. Hansen was an individual who touched many lives with his love, kindness, generosity and will be tremendously missed by all who had met him. He was the leading role model for his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Sue Moore of Fort Worth; granddaughter, Mimi Leigh Blumberg.

Survivors are, wife, Barbara Hansen of DeCordova; daughter, Laura Thurston and husband, Jimmy, of Stephenville; sons, Scott Hansen of Ardmore, Okla., Gary B. Hansen of Whitney; grandchildren, Kenneth George Moore, Jr., of Dallas, Melissa Howell and husband, Travis, of Fort Worth, Laurie Cline and husband, Willy, of Granbury, David Thomas Blumberg of Stephenville, Sean Hansen and wife, Kandis, of Stephenville, Dustin Hansen of Stephenville, Jennifer Carpenter and husband, Carrick, of Boston, Mass., Katie Hansen of Fort Worth; eight great grandchildren; sister, Emily Sue Hansen of Mission.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, National Headquarters, 6350 North Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130.

Published November 3, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune