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Gene Hansen

Gene Hansen, 71 of Winner, SD, who owned and operated Hansen Community Drug in Winner until 2005, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2008, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 4, at 11:00 a.m. CT at the First Christian Church in Winner.

Burial will be in the Winner Cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday, September 3, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home in Winner with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Gene was born September 12, 1936, in Philip, SD, where he attended grade school and high school. He graduated from SDSU with a pharmacy degree and worked at pharmacies in Mitchell and Minneapolis before moving to Winner and purchasing the Rexall Drug Store in 1967.

Gene was an avid fisherman and hunter who enjoyed fishing with local friends and traveled to many areas, including Alaska. After retiring from the pharmacy, he opened a sporting goods store. He was always happy to promote the excellent hunting found in the Winner area to locals and out-of-towners. He was a staunch supporter of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. He also enjoyed gardening and sharing it with his family and friends.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Sandy; mother, Marie Hansen of Philip, SD; sons, Douglas Hansen of Clearwater, FL, and Michael (Jenny) Kosters of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; daughters, Terri Moser of Newman, GA, and Teresa (Roland) Budd of Tarpon Springs, FL; sisters, Arlis (Bob) Neville, Shirley Raue, Paula (Billy) Poss and Charlene (Sonny) Reed; brothers, Jack (Donna) Hansen, Darryl (Kay) Hansen, and Bob (Lavonne) Hansen; grandchildren, Ryan, Carly, Samantha, Valerie and Max; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Fritz, Ellie Swanson, Joanne Arends, and Janet Bruns; and many nieces and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wallace, and one brother, Richard.