Richard L. Hansel


Richard L. Hansel, 70, of Barneston died at his home on Monday, April 3, 2017

He was born November 13, 1946 in Beatrice.  He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated in 1965.  He was drafted by the U.S. Army and trained in Maryland with heavy machinery and recovery.  He then served in Vietnam and was discharged in 1968.

He worked at the U.P. in Omaha in communications, then in transportation in Marysville and ran the Marysville to North Platte line as a conductor and brakeman, retiring in 1995.  He married Earleen Milke on April 18, 1970 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Beatrice.  He was a member of Marysville Legion Post #163 for over 45 years and the VFW Club of North Platte.  He was a life-long member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Beatrice where he served as an altar boy as a youth, and had attended St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Marysville.  He enjoyed watching Sprint cars, NASCAR, Cornhuskers and the KC Royals on TV, his horses and repurposing small engines. 


            Survivors include his wife, Earleen of Barneston; one daughter, Karen Hansel of Marysville; one granddaughter, Miranda Burkes of Manhattan, KS; one brother, Robert Hansel and wife Jamie of Lincoln; four sisters, LuAnn Conradt and husband Frank N., Diane K. Harris and husband David and Mary B. Hansel all of Beatrice and Theresa L. Gingery and husband Tom of Holmesville; one sister-in-law, Velda Milke of Stella; several nieces and nephews.    He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Lorena Hansel; one brother, Ronald D. Hansel; one brother-in-law, Donald Milke.


            Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Beatrice with Father Robert Barnhill, Celebrant and Father Thomas McGuire, Co-celebrant.  The family requests casual dress for the service.  Cremation will follow the service and private inurnment will be held at a later date.  A Scriptural Rosary Service will be held on Thursday at 10:30 A.M. at the church.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the family’s choice.  The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. Wednesday and not at the church on Thursday.  A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at  Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.

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Victoria Swenson

Dear Family of Richard Hansel,
I graduated two years before Rich and my sister Barbara Narancic graduated with Rich in the Class of 1965 from St. Joseph's School. My husband, Dennis Swenson, coached Rich from 1963 to 1966. Here are a few words from Coach Swenson: "Rich was a hard-working young man with a lot of ability who was also a true gentleman." Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Victoria (Narancic) and Dennis Swenson

 Posted April 16, 2017 - 3:38pm
Bruce and Liza Jones

We are very sorry for your loss. We pray that He gives you strength and comfort through this sorrowful time and that you rest in knowing Mr. Hansel has found peace in the loving arms of our lord. We pray that He replace your sadness with only joyful memories.

 Posted April 7, 2017 - 11:44am
Rob Heckathorn

Very sorry to hear of Rich's passing. Former classmate at St Joe's. Very kind person.. Lots of school day memories.

 Posted April 6, 2017 - 3:37pm
John Essam

Our prayers go out to the the family. I sure enjoyed working with Rich on the railroad.
May he rest in peace.
He was a great guy.

 Posted April 6, 2017 - 7:19am
Jim DeWalt

Dear Earleen and Karen:
Rich and I along with Jim Settles met and became friends while in the Army and became very close friends while in Viet Nam. While we lost track of each other for many years, he remains in my heart and mind as a truly good friend and my world is truly saddened knowing that he has passed away.
My most sincere thoughts and condolences to all those who knew, loved and will miss him.

 Posted April 5, 2017 - 11:07am
Jim Settles

Dear Earleen and Karen,
Please accept my condolences. You're in my thoughts and prayers... Rich and I became good friends during our Army days. I haven't seen Rich in many years, but just thinking of him and some of the good times we had brings a smile to my face. His unwavering good nature and positive attitude helped to make those Army days more tolerable to me and many others. In looking back on those days, I realize that I was truly blessed to have Rich as a good friend during some unpleasant times. Thank you Rich!

 Posted April 4, 2017 - 10:12pm
Thomas R Bates

Our prayers go out to Rich's family. We shared some fun times in school. God bless. The world has lost a gentle soul.

 Posted April 4, 2017 - 7:54pm
Judy R Leners

Rich and I and my brother, Tom Comer, went to school together. Rich was always a fun loving person as I remember. Always kind and a little shy. Our sympathy to the entire family ! You will be in our prayers.
Judy R.(Comer) Leners

 Posted April 4, 2017 - 2:42pm
Mary and Herb Hansel

Rich will be missed; always enjoyed seeing him at the family reunions; such a pleasant person and enjoyable to be around. Our hearts go out to all of his family.

 Posted April 4, 2017 - 10:31am

Rich. What a wonderful guy, he will be missed by all! Will never forget all the fun times we had!! Will always be remembered as "Pollock". Am inside joke that will never be forgotten!!!! Thoughts, prayers and love to you all!

 Posted April 3, 2017 - 10:27pm
Jim Hevelone

My condolences to Richard's siblings and the Hansel families. My parents were long time friends with his parents and we were childhood friends that lost touch after we grew up. Many a night was spent coon hunting with our dads and playing when we were kids. Many good times!!!!

 Posted April 3, 2017 - 8:28pm

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