Walter E. Hansen Jr.

July 26, 2019

Walter Edward Hansen Jr., 90, of Frankfort, died July 26, 2019.  He was born May 13, 1929 in Logansport to the late Walter Edward Hansen Sr. and Marie A. (Heronemus) Hansen.  He married Patsy Louise Shanks on January 30, 1952 and she preceded him in death on September 26, 2014.

Walter was a 1947 graduate of Logansport High School and a graduate of Purdue University.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany.  He was owner of Hansen’s Grocery in Kirklin and prior to that, he was a bacteriologist with Pitman Moore.  He was a member First Church of the Nazarene in Frankfort, where he was a former Sunday school teacher.  He was also a member of the Lion’s Club, and the American Legion, both in Kirklin. Walter loved playing cards at the Paul Phillippe Resource Center, history, reading, was an avid Indianapolis Colts and Purdue fan and delivered meals on wheels.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2019 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral celebration will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the funeral home. Larry Purvis will officiate. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Paul Phillippe Resource Center.

Survived by:

3 Daughters: Jacqueline Kingery of Frankfort, Lu Ann Schoen of Kirklin, Debbie (Scott) Keys of Frankfort, 5 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren


Leave your Condolences

35 Condolences for “Walter E. Hansen Jr.”

  1. Jason Coffman July 26, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    My prayers for the family in this season of loss. I worked for Walter when he owned the grocery. He taught me how to work. He taught me customer service. I’m very appreciative to have known him. Sorry to hear this sad news, but no doubt he is walking in heaven in the glorious presence of the Lord Jesus.

    • Jackie Kingery July 26, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and prayers.

    • Lu Ann Ann Schoen July 29, 2019 at 8:04 am

      Thank you, Jason for these kind words. The grocery store was a big part of his life and also the lives of others. I always thought he had some of the best boys around here that worked at the store. Yes, you were one of them. At times he would mentioned the different boys that he had work for him. They were all special to him.

  2. Pamela Snyder July 26, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Jackie I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. I used to see him regularly at the center and enjoyed visiting with him. He had some great stories. The greatest consolation is that now he’s at peace and with your mom.

    • Jackie Kingery July 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you. We referred to the center as his second home. We believe the game-playing and companionship really added to his life. And I know he enjoyed you as well.

  3. Rita (Cogswell) Greenlee July 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I remember Walter well. Visited his grocery most every day. Very nice man. So sorry.

    • Jackie Kingery July 27, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much. Small-town life like we had is all but gone, but weren’t we blessed to grow up in Kirklin.

  4. Janet Balsley July 27, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Jackie and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. I hope good memories bring you peace, comfort, and joy!!!

    • Jackie Kingery July 28, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you for the prayers. Yes, we have a lot of good (and funny) memories to remember.

  5. Richard McCarty July 27, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    So sorry to hear of Walt’s passing I used to get a kick in watching him play cards at the Phillipee center.
    Dick McCarty

    • Jackie Kingery July 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks. He had such fun there playing cards with his friends. Don’t know what he would have done without them.

  6. Tom Payne July 27, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I am sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. When I was back there just a few weeks ago, I called him to arrange a visit, but he said he wasn’t feeling good and asked me to call back later. Unfortunately, I had to fly out early the next morning. I told him who I was, but I’m not sure he realized who I was. Walt was a big part of my life and we had some good laughs at the grocery store, like the time he put a sign in the front window stating I needed a date for the Saturday night dance at the American Legion. I will never forget those times and I’m sorry I never got a chance to see him again. I pray that God blesses and comforts you all during these difficult times.

    • Jackie Kingery July 28, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      We were just talking about you! The story about the sign in the window may even make the funeral service. So many funny stories. We were wondering if it worked. Even though you didn’t have the personal visit, you did get to phone him. And yes, he most certainly knew who you were. Thanks for your kind words and for reaching out to him.

      • Tom Payne July 30, 2019 at 12:50 am

        The sign did work, but I won’t reveal the name to protect the innocent. (Smile) I’m glad I got to say hello to Walt, but it would have been great to visit and talk about the past.

    • Lu Ann Ann Schoen July 29, 2019 at 8:14 am

      Thank you SO much for sharing this story. My sisters and I had not heard of this one. It has now become one of our special memories of him. What you shared….that is my dad! Just as the store was a big part of his life, so were his workers. At times he would mention the different boys that they had worked there. I remember him telling me that Tom could fix anything. He could take a t.v. apart and put it back together. Don’t know if that was true. But he said it! Thank you, again. We will cherish that story.

      • Tom Payne July 30, 2019 at 12:57 am

        You are welcome. Even though I didn’t reveal who it was, I’m sure somebody is going to tell you! Wow, I can’t believe your Dad remembered that. Yes, my degree is Electronics Engineering and later in Tucson, I went back to school for computers.

  7. Carol D. Hamilton July 27, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Jackie, so sorry to read about your dad. Our thoughts are with you. So good to see you a couple weeks ago.

    • Jackie Kingery July 28, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you. Yes, it was good to everyone at the park. I really enjoyed it.

  8. Gerry Roberson July 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    You and your family are in my heart and prayers. My condolences on the passing of your father.

    • Jackie Kingery July 28, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you for the prayers. Dad died peacefully for which we are very thankful.

    • Lu Ann Ann Schoen July 29, 2019 at 8:15 am

      Thank you. We are very thankful for people like you that have us in their prayers.

  9. Jerry Snell July 28, 2019 at 8:33 am

    When we look back on our lives there are people we remember with special feelings and respect and WAlter was one i will always remember. The thing I remember most is his compassion and caring of other people regardless of how old they were or who they were.

    • Jackie Kingery July 28, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      That was nice of you to say that. It’s good for a daughter to hear kind words about her father.

  10. Gloria and Phil Crum July 28, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Sincere sympathies to the Hansen family. May you have beautiful memories.

    • Jackie Kingery July 28, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks so much. Lots of memories – and as I’ve said many times – many funny stories.

  11. Alan Wagoner July 29, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I am sorry for your loss and I wish to express my sympathy to all of the family members. I believe your loss is his gain. May God comfort each one of you in this time of sorrow.

    • Jackie Kingery July 31, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you for your condolences. Yes, it’s a time of sorrow, but he left us with some wonderful memories.

  12. Gary Waters July 30, 2019 at 8:08 am

    So sorry to hear about your father. He taught me a lot about cutting meat. I have been cutting meat at Purdue for 35 years now, how time gets away. He taught me to do something you love.

    • Lu Ann Ann Schoen July 30, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Dad would often mention you. He was proud of all the boys that had worked for him.

    • Jackie Kingery July 31, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Yes, Dad was proud of all his “boys.” And who would have thought working at a small-town grocery store in Kirklin would prepare you for a 35-year+ at Purdue. I know that made him extra proud.

  13. Patty Keaton Parks July 31, 2019 at 1:46 am

    My thoughts are with you all . Will greatly miss seeing Mr Hansen, I always enjoyed our talks. Very thankful for the invite to his birthday celebration this year.
    Rest easy Mr. Hansen,

    • Jackie Kingery July 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you so much. (Sorry I missed seeing you at the store when I told the others what was going on with him.) I’m so thankful for that IGA store where he had friends to watch out for him. I know he enjoyed going in there for deli meals and to get food to prepare his freezer meals. And thank you for helping with his 90th birthday celebration at the center.

  14. Bill Heronemus August 3, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We have a local grocery store in our town of Lewes that was an IGA before it became independent and can relate to the “family of employees” that makes it so special. I am so happy that Walter was able to enjoy his later years so much and was able to raise such a wonderful family while managing a business. I will always remember him as well as his Mom and Dad. My Best to you all.

    • Jackie Kingery August 6, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      I was hoping Lu Ann got in touch with you. I remember you and your dad coming to visit Grandpa and Grandma Hansen. Those were the “good old days.”

  15. Linda Gibson Benge August 9, 2019 at 9:33 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember Walt as a kind, caring man and he will remain so. My years at Antioch church will forever be recalled thankfully. Thanking our Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus, for sending His Comforter to you all and remaining to bring you peace and assurance. God Bless.

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