By The Mercury

C. Calvin Hansen, 94, of Manhattan, died March 13 at the Meadowlark Hills-Bramlage House in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born on June 3, 1919, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Dewey C. and Julia Belle (Shipman) Hansen.

Mr. Hansen served with the United States Marines during World War II.

Enlisting in 1939 as a private, he served in Guadalcanal, the Philippines and Okinawa.

He was honorably discharged in 1947 at the rank of Captain.

Mr. Hansen was a builder, developer and inventor.

He lived in Bonner Springs, Pratt, and in southern Missouri in addition to Manhattan during his lifetime.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bonner Springs, and a life member of both the V.F.W. and American Legion in Bonner Springs.

Mr. Hansen was also a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason.

On Dec. 27, 1949, in Pratt, he was united in marriage to the former Julia Louise Penny.

Mr. and Mrs. Hansen opened the University Gardens subdivision at Anderson and Garden Way in Manhattan in 1963. This was the first large apartment project in Manhattan after World War II.

Mr. Hansen also was a former Chamber of Commerce manager while living in Pratt and was a Business Development Specialist for the Small Business Administration in Bonner Springs. He also operated a large plant in southern Missouri that built yachts and later another plant that built industrial vacuum sweepers that took the dust out of the air in large plants. He later developed an escape system for buildings that utilized hydraulic power instead of electricity.

Mr. Hansen was preceded in death by his wife on April 30, 1998. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Erma C. and Velma E.; and one brother, Paul L. Hansen.

He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Troy Bowers officiating.

Graveside services with military honors will be held 4 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 701 N. 94th Street, Kansas City, Kan.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, is handling the arrangements.

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