1923 - 2015
Dr. Raymond L. Hansen, age 91, of Marshfield, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015, at House of the Dove in Marshfield. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 24, at Faith Lutheran Church, Marshfield. Rev. Bob Lesher will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday at Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home on Veterans Parkway, and again on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of services at the church. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery.
Dr. Hansen was born August 23, 1923, to Hans and Ida (Markisen) Hansen on the family farm in Juneau County. He attended local schools, graduating from Camp Douglas High School. After serving in the U.S. Navy he attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating from its medical school in 1952. He interned at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield for one year following. Raymond and Elaine Scheper were married on October 20, 1951, at Peace Lutheran Church in Cobb, Wisconsin.
Dr. Hansen partnered with Dr. James Koch and later Dr. Dolf Pfefferkorn in general practice at the Colby Clinic where he remained for the next ten years. From 1963 to 1967 he furthered his education as a fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, becoming a specialist in pediatrics and allergy-immunology. He then joined the Marshfield Clinic where he served until his retirement in 1988. He served as the Chief of Staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital for three years and was also President of the Wisconsin Allergy Society.
Raymond was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, serving on its council and on various committees through the years. He was a member of Noon Rotary, where his contributions were focused on fundraising for Polio Plus and for a medical van in St Lucia. He made 15 mission trips to St. Lucia, providing medical care at the island’s St. Jude Hospital (a sister hospital to St. Joseph’s in Marshfield), and volunteering his service to the Good News Group in Wausau. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for many years, holding numerous positions, including president of Samoset Council. He presided over the Woodlands Preservation Committee and was instrumental in preserving 18 acres of forest for the UW-Marshfield Wood County Center Arboretum. He enjoyed golfing, swimming, wood cutting, genealogy, and going to his cottage.
Raymond is survived by: his wife, Elaine; his sons, Dr. Mark Hansen of Rochester, MN, Dr. Stuart (Erica Eddy) Hansen of Racine, and Dr. Kurt Hansen of Madison; his granddaughters, Marissa (Ryan) Bolte of Mapleton, MN, and Annika (Adam) Peterson of Rochester, MN; and his great-granddaughter, Kaita Bolte. He is further survived by twelve nieces and nephews and their families to whom he was devoted.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and by his sisters, Edna McKegney, Pearl Jax, Irene Scott, and Florence Hansen.
The Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the Hansen family with funeral arrangements.
Memorials may be directed in Raymond’s name to the Faith Lutheran World Hunger Fund or the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
Obituary courtesy of Marshfield News Herald