Rodney Gene Hansen, 79, of Ames passed away on January 14, 2014 at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, Iowa. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa, followed by a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m. A celebration of life funeral service will take place at Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th Street, Nevada, Iowa at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Rodney was born near Roland, Iowa on August 27, 1934 to Ingvald and Jerene (Hovde) Hansen. Rodney graduated from Milford Township School in 1952 and then attended college at AIB in Des Moines. He was a member of the Iowa Air National Guard and farmed near Martensdale before relocating to Winthrop, MN in 1967. Rodney continued to farm near Winthrop and was an active member of Bernadotte Lutheran Church. Rodney married Sue (Peterson) Pierce in Nevada on February 25, 1984. The couple continued to farm near Winthrop until 1991 when they moved to Ames. Rodney sold MoorMan’s feed in the Ames area and worked at C and K Heating and Cooling prior to his retirement.
Rodney was a member of the Sibley Masonic Lodge #209 A.F. & A.M., as well as the Order of the Eastern Star in Winthrop, MN. After moving to Ames, he joined Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, was active in Sons of Norway and was a Za-Ga-Zig Shriner with the Story County Shrine Club. Rodney was an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan and enjoyed time with family, summers at Ten Mile Lake and winters with friends in Mesa, AZ.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Sue; daughter, Melissa (Jason) Hansen of Minneapolis, MN; son, Mark (Sheila) Hansen of Urbandale; grandchildren, Derek Zollner, Miranda Evans, Aaron Koethe, and Allysa Koethe; great-grandson, Sig Evans; step-son, Keith Pierce of Colo; step-daughter, Kristi (Mark) Coughenour of Maxwell; grandchildren, Michelle Pierce, TJ Coughenour, and Amanda Sharp; brother, Larry (Rhonda) Hansen of Roland, and brother-in-law, Bob Collins of Colo, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters Alice Roberts and Janet Collins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th Street, Nevada, Iowa 50201 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter, 1730 28th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com.