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Delmar A. Hansell, 85, of La Grande, and a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 1, 2002, at his home.
A celebration of his life took place Aug. 2 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Gary Hood of ioneer Park Church officiating.
Mr. Hansell was born Feb. 3, 1917, in Corvallis to William Henry and Lydia L. Bullis Hansell. He attended Corvallis and Newport high schools.
He married Ernestine (Teen) Gardener on Nov. 12, 1947, in Caldwell, Idaho. They lived in Corvallis, then moved to Baker in 1950 and to La Grande in 1956, where Mr. Hansell was a custodian at Greenwood Elementary School. He later transferred to the grounds department. He worked for La Grande School District for 26 years, retiring in 1982. He was known for his love of fishing, the outdoors and his family.
Mr. Hansell is survived by his wife, Ernestine, of La Grande; sons, Mike Hansell of La Grande, Scott and Cheryl Hansell of Corvallis, David Hansell and special friend Mike, of Seattle; daughters and their spouses, Patti Nagy and Ginny Lambert of La Grande, and Betty and Bill Owen of Imbler; sisters, Laverne Martin of King City, Jean Black and Beverly Howard of Corvallis; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Wally; his grandson, Kris; two sisters and one brother.
Contributions in Mr. Hansell’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 9, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor