Donald H. Hansen

July 7, 1929 - Sept. 1, 2007

Donald H. Hansen, 78, of the town of Genesee, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was born July 7, 1929, in Riverside, Calif., the son of Wallace and Ellen (nee Doll) Hansen.

On Feb. 14, 1953, he married Margaret Sapp in Milwaukee.

He was a retired Navy captain in the Korean War, where he served on the USS Helena.

For 45 years, he designed and built running tracks as the founder of Athletic Field Services. He was a very active member of First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa, and was also a member of the Palmyra Flying Club and the Historic Naval Ship Association. He was also a trustee for the Genesee Cemetery Association.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Gwenn (Robert) Zerull of Mukwonago and Russell (Cheryl) Hansen of Elkhorn; grandchildren, Devin (Kelly) Wheat, Kyle Wheat and Andrea Leigh Hansen; stepgrandchildren, Don (Sheri) Miller, Luke (Jennifer) Parker and Peter and Nathan Zerull; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Emma Miller, Darren Wheat and Karly Parker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Ellen Hansen; sister, Daisy; and brother-in-law, Don Swade.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa, S37-W35415 Highway D, Dousman. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Linda Pflugfelder officiating. Burial is at Genesee Cemetery.

The family appreciates memorials to the American Cancer Society or First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit