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Full Text of SR0026  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of James M. "Whitey" Hansen of Rock Island,
4who passed away on January 2, 2017; and
5    WHEREAS, James Hansen was born in Brooklyn, New York to
6John and Elizabeth Kelly Hansen on October 11, 1924; his
7parents died at a young age and he and his twin brother, Joe,
8were raised in an orphanage in upstate New York; he married
9Catherine Isabelle Kirchner in St. Patrick, Missouri on July 6,
101945; and
11    WHEREAS, James Hansen proudly served with the United States
12Army Corps. of Engineers during World War II; after his
13discharge from the Army, he and his family settled in the Quad
14Cities; he worked as a truck driver and retired from Churchill
15Truck Lines in 1982; and
16    WHEREAS, James Hansen was a retired member of the Teamsters
17Local No. 371, the Milan American Legion Post 569, and the Rock
18Island Moose Lodge; he was a lifetime member of the Rock Island
19Boat Club, and a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock
20Island; and
21    WHEREAS, James Hansen was an avid fisherman; he also



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1enjoyed dancing, racquetball, and playing euchre; he loved to
2go out and share a hearty breakfast with his family; he would
3often take his sons camping and fishing in Missouri; he
4traveled to Florida many times to visit his twin brother, Joe,
5and go deep sea fishing; he would also take weekend fishing
6trips with his brother-in-law, Bill Hungate; he could often be
7found tinkering on treasures he found at garage sales, or
8lending a hand to one of his many friends; and
9    WHEREAS, James Hansen was preceded in death by his son,
10James B. Hansen, two grandchildren, and all five of his
11siblings; and
12    WHEREAS, James Hansen is survived by his wife, Catherine
13Isabelle Hansen; his children, Joan Holgate, Joe (Jean) Hansen,
14John (Bonnie) Hansen, Robert Hansen, and his foster-son, Devin
15(Lisa) Hansen; his nine grandchildren, Kenneth Holgate, Thomas
16Holgate, Patricia Holgate-Norris, Melinda Leenerts, Elizabeth
17Holgate, Tamara Robinson, Pamela Barrios, Christopher Hansen,
18and Katy Hansen; his 22 great-grandchildren, three
19great-great-grandchildren, and four stepgrandsons; therefore,
20be it
22ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we, along with his
23family and friends, mourn the passing of James M. "Whitey"



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1Hansen, and extend our sincere condolences to his family,
2friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it further
3    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
4presented to the family of James Hansen as an expression of our
5deepest sympathy.