Bernard P. ‘Red’ Hansen

Sept. 8, 1921 - May 17, 2008

Bernard P. "Red" Hansen, 86, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2008. He was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Francis and Christine (nee Wagner) Hansen.

Red was a World War II Marine Corps veteran, serving in the South Pacific. He married Jeannine Werner on May 21, 1949. Red worked in the newspaper business and was employed as a pressman for the Milwaukee Journal. He retired in 1987 after 30 years of service.

Red was a member and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 721 in Waukesha and was a member of the Marine Corps League. Red was a strong believer in community service and did volunteer work at the veteran’s home in Milwaukee for many years. Over the years, he spoke at numerous schools in the area about his experiences during World War II, educating young people about what war was really like. Red was an avid bowler and enjoyed more than anything his family, especially his grandchildren and his great-granddaughter.

Red is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeannine. He is further survived by his daughter, Jory, of Santa Monica, Calf.; his sons, Steve (Teri) of Vista, Calf., and Bruce of Waukesha; grandchildren, Amie (Tom) Gillespie, Rebecca Hansen, Jessica Hansen and Brandon Hansen; a great-granddaughter, Evaya; a sister, Virginia Mohr; and his sisters-in-law, Nancy Evens and Penny Smith. He is additionally survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Red is loved and will be deeply missed.

A memorial gathering will be held from 3 p.m. until the 5 p.m. memorial service Wednesday, May 21, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 W. Bluemound Road (four blocks south of Interstate 94 on the corner of highways J and JJ), Waukesha. Military honors will follow the memorial service.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.