Richard Paul Hansen, age 79, died at his home in Mena, Arkansas on Thursday, January 29, 2021. Richard was born on Tuesday, January 8, 1942 in Akron, Ohio, to the late Louis Richard Hansen and Virginia Lois Pauline Thomas.
Richard served four years in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1966. An Air Force friend did one of the greatest things ever to happen to Richard when he introduced him to Joyce Parks. They married on November 7, 1967 and raised three children together. They also owned and ran Parks and Hansen feed store for nearly forty years. Richard would be the first to tell you that Joyce was the backbone of the family and business, but his family will tell you that he had the funny bone. Richard could tell a story that ended up being a joke that you never saw coming. Fishing was a favorite pastime, especially for trout at Albert Pike. He enjoyed cooking and looking up new recipes. Breakfast was a specialty. Richard loved his family and friends and was a man of faith. The weekly church Closer Connection group he and Joyce hosted was something he eagerly anticipated.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Louis Hansen, and sisters, Alice Weisel, Margaret Crapo and Pauline Halper.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joyce Hansen of Mena; two sons, Paul Hansen of Mena and Mark Hansen of Lamar, Arkansas and daughter, Cara Mohler and husband Andrew of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, K.C., Brooke, Alexander and wife, Erin, Ansylee, Michael, Andrew and Thai; and five great grandsons Tristan, Desean, Nathan, Joseph and Kagan, brother Tom Hansen and wife Lynn of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends and his beloved dog Ruby.
Graveside services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the Old Dallas Cemetery with Brother Gary Garrett officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, February 1, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.
Pallbearers will be Paul Hansen, Mark Hansen, Michael Hansen, Andrew Hansen, Thai Hansen, Alexander Hansen and Andrew Mohler.