Charles Oscar “Charlie” Hansen

Charles Oscar “Charlie” Hansen

Birth
Good Harbor, Leelanau County, Michigan, USA
Death 5 Jun 1987 (aged 87)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Beverly Hills, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 199099034 · View Source
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Charles Oscar Hansen was the son of Jacob H. Hansen and Olena "Lena" Gilbertson. Charlie's father worked for the railroads and was constantly traveling throughout the state. In order to allow his son to finish high school, Charlie was left behind in Linden, Genesee County, Michigan where he lived with a friend named Reuben Stehle. While here, he helped Reuben's cousin Elna Stehle with her arithmetic. During World War I, Charlie enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served mainly in the Pacific. After the war, he returned to Linden and courted Elna. They were married at her family home on August 17, 1923. Rev. Carl Lundbom performed the ceremony while Elna's brother Floyd and her best friend Grace Bergin served as witnesses. After their marriage, they moved to Detroit where Charlie worked at a Fisher Body factory painting automobile bodies. Charlie and Elna lived in a rented house in Detroit until her father Joseph Stehle came down from Linden and built them a small house on Charter Street in Lincoln Park, Wayne County, Michigan. They would live in that house for the rest of their lives. Charlie and Elna had a son named Floyd Charles Hansen. His grandfather Joseph Stehle built a small chair for the boy. During World War II, Floyd enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the ordnance department in the Philippines. He was also involved with the base chaplains. It was his intention to become a minister after the war. When the war finally did end, Floyd was killed near the town of Vigan in the Philippines when the Jeep he was riding in went off the road and overturned. Charlie and Elna were heart-broken. They left Floyd's little chair out on display in their house as a memorial to their son. After Charlie's retirement from the auto factory, he became a volunteer at the Allen Park, Michigan V. A. Hospital where he assisted sick and injured veterans. When his health began failing, he was sent to the Boulevard Temple Methodist Home in Detroit for care. Charlie Hansen died of bed sores at the facility on June 8, 1987. HIs wife Elna was staying at an apartment on the premises. She passed away there on November 21, 1987. Both were buried at the Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills, Oakland County, Michigan as they once drove past it and thought it was the most beautiful cemetery that they had ever seen.
Biography compiled by Jeff Stehle. Please credit appropriately.


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  • Created by: 59er
  • Added: 13 May 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 199099034
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Oscar “Charlie” Hansen (12 Jul 1899–5 Jun 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 199099034, citing Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, Oakland County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by 59er (contributor 49423200) .