Duane Elliot Hansen, Age 72, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 27, 2023. Duane was born on July 28, 1950 at St. Joesph"s Hospital in Milwaukee,Wi. to Elmer and Dorothy BettyJane (nee)Ritt Hansen. Duane has 4 siblings that are residing in the Bellevue, Wa. area They are Barb, Jane, Jim and Mary. In 1982 Duane Married Karen Pelt. while together they had 3 children . Daughter Amy Lynn Hansen, granddaughter Kaci Hansen, son Mathew Hansen, son Scott Allen and wife Jackie Hansen grandson Dex Hansen all of Oshkosh, Wi.
Duane leaves behind many friends and relatives. He was proceeded in death by his Parents Elmer and Dorothy Hansen his grand son Dex Hansen and good friend Don Ford of Schofield, Wi. Duane enjoyed driving truck and did so for many years. He loved riding his harley and spending time with his dog. Duane had a stroke and a heart attack and could no longer drive truck so he volunteered at North Central technical learning center where he worked along side his long time friend Stan E. Steckbauer. Duane had earned many certificates for Outstanding Volunteer. Duane loved the races and his favorite was in Plover at Golden Sands track. He enjoyed going in the pit area and helping work on the cars between heats. Duane requested to be cremated and no viewing. We will take him to his Final race at Golden sand at a later date. Any memorials maybe directed to Helke Funeral home and will be donated to a local charity in his name.
A special thank you to the team at Hope Hospice of Medford. With out your help I would not have made it through this journey. Duane will be missed by Kay Tucker , Bill Kratwell and Brian Majetich who all helped Duane through his journey. Fly high Duane and ride that Harley in the sky til we meet again.