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 http://www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.