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Burton R Hansen Burton R Hansen
(July 31, 1923 - March 19, 2013)

Celebration of Life Service Day Correction Burton Reginald Hansen March 31st, 1923- March 19, 2013 Burton Reginald Hansen left this life peacefully at the age of 89, carried by heavenly angels to his eternal home, in the early evening of March 19th, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Easter Sunday in 1923 to his mother, Hilda Regina Olsen and Father, John Hansen in Bismarck, North Dakota. His mother called him “The Easter Baby”, and unexpectedly, she passed away three days later while in the hospital. Through his childhood, he was never able to experience a true mother’s love. However, this would all change in 1948 after his Born Again experience with the Lord. After the passing of his mother, his father John and the children Johnny, Miriam, Jackie, Bud, and Burt, all moved to Lake Pattison in Olympia, WA, where the children were placed in an orphanage while his father travelled to Alaska to work as a Highway Chief Civil Engineer on the Alaskan Highway. When finished, he re-married and returned for all his children. Burt graduated Valedictorian of his class in 1941 in Olympia, WA. After high school, Burt joined the Merchant Marines to travel the world and to experience life on the open seas. He travelled to such places as Mombasa, Africa and Tokyo, Japan. His most favorite voyage was known as the “Pineapple Express”, from Hawaii to San Francisco on the ship named the “Matsonia”. Our Father knew there was more to life on the seas, so in the spring of 1948 he met our mother, Virginia Allen. As young adults, they enjoyed what the world had to offer and what our father would later refer to as the “Fast Life”. However, this all changed one night in 1952, when our Father and Virginia experienced God’s unconditional forgiveness and salvation. On the same night, over 200 miles apart, Virginia was healed by the Lord from Tuberculosis in a healing crusade in Portland, Oregon (Thomas Wyatt Wings of Healing Ministry), while Burt in a Church Service in Sedro-Woolley accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. He experienced what he would always refer to as, “Being held in the arms of Jesus, and really knowing a mother’s love for the very first time”. This would be the foundation of Burt’s unwavering faith for the next 65 years. It would be the anchor for his family, his spiritual compass, and would allow Burt to share his personal testimony with others throughout his life so that they too could have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, just as he had. In 1949, in Burien, WA, Burt married the love of his life, Virginia Allen. Burt and Virginia moved frequently in the early years of their marriage, as our mother was always in search of a new house, impatient, and always looking for a new adventure. Burt and Virginia then became involved in the church period known as the “The Latter Rain Revival” (1948–1952), and later involved in “The Latter Rain Movement” (1952–1960s), which began in October 1947 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Burt gained many spiritual truths and his beginning in the Ministry. Burt and Virginia began attending services weekly at Glad Tidings Temple and coming under the covering of worldwide known Pastor’s such as Pastor Reg Lazell and Charlotte E. Baker, also attending services where Violet Kitely was ministering in BC. Soon, Burt and others began forming and founding Churches with his new found spiritual truths in the Five Fold Ministry. During this period, they founded The Gospel Messengers, and Burt was the MC on weekly radio broadcasts on AM 1430 KBRC in Sedro Woolley, sharing the news of God’s love, and forgiveness through spoken word and music. Burt and Virginia moved to Stanwood, WA in 1968, where they would reside for the next 30 Years. Burt followed his passion for Christ, and soon he and others founded Glad Tidings Chapel in West Stanwood, which was located in the old First National Bank Building. Signs and wonders were present during this period, and soon the Church grew to its full capacity. In the late 1970’s, Burt and the other founding members of Glad Tidings heard a word from the Lord and proclaimed the new church they would build would be called “The Chapel of Praise.” Just as the scripture says, “The Lord inhabits the Praises of his people”, and soon the new church was built on top of Lands Hill on Camano Island. Burt was Treasurer for both Churches and was on the Board of Trustees. He taught adult Sunday School every Sunday and embraced the truths of the scriptures. In addition, Burt was employed as a Machinist at Continental Can Company in South Seattle for over 35 Years. Burt was also an avid inventor who produced many unique and interesting objects. In 1975, he received a patent for his invention known as “Lockable Jaw Pliers”. When Burt was able to spend alone time with his family, he would take vacations, traveling to places he enjoyed such as the Oregon Coast, Eastern Washington, and annual trips to Guemes Island to visit his brother Bud. As children, we enjoyed being able to ride the Guemes Island Ferry and explore the beach, play with crabs and any other sea-creatures we found. Burt and the family always attended the annual Strom Family 4th of July picnic in Anacortes, WA. Burt was very proud of his craft as a skilled machinist. On October 29th, 1976, he was recognized with a Silver Veteran’s Badge issued by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 25 Years of Loyal Service as a Union Machinist, Lodge 79. On September 30th, 1981, he was again recognized by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 30 Years of Loyal Service, and was issued a Gold Veteran’s Badge, Lodge 79. He was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award issued by Continental Can Company for never missing a single day of work in 35 years of service. Five years later, Burt retired and spent time working in his favorite place, the garage. After losing his wife Virginia, in 1994, Burt and other close friends from Church began to travel locally, visiting nursing facilities and other places where he could continue sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was always a devoted and unwavering follower and gave his life to ministering, ensuring that all around him were given the opportunity to understand why Jesus came to earth. Whether he was sharing his testimony at Continental Can Co., at Church, or somewhere in Stanwood, he would take time to make sure others heard what Jesus had done for him and his family. Over the period of 65 Years, Burt and his family experienced ongoing miracles throughout his life, always giving the glory to the Lord for each one. One such miracle was in 2001, when he was healed of Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer. Burt put his entire life and faith in the word, and chose not to have any additional medical treatment after initial surgery. Burt lived another 12 years with no signs of Cancer Since 2009, Burt resided at Wesley Homes in Des Moines, WA near SeaTac. While there, Burt continued to share the Gospel until the last days of his life. Even living with Dementia, he never lost recognition of his family, kept his unique sense of humor, and could still quote his favorite scriptures. Burt leaves behind three children, Teresa Donahue of Colbert, WA, Ben Hansen of Camano Island, WA, and Dean McCurdy of Camano Island, WA. He also leaves three Grandchildren, Tina Donahue, Kimberly Donahue and Dean McCurdy Jr. and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Hilda, father John, brothers Johnny and Bud, and sisters Miriam and Jackie. The Family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the nurses, physicians and care personnel at Wesley Homes, as well as Joanne Werner of Seattle. The family would like to give special thanks to Dave Brandt at Gilbertson Funeral Home. You have and will always be a part of our family, and we truly appreciate your service over the years. There will be a celebration of Burt’s life with refreshments and fellowship at the Camano Country Club on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. A Private Graveside for the family at Cypress Memorial Lawn in Everett, WA will follow at a later date. The Family invites you to share your experiences and testimony by logging onto www. GilberstonFuneralHome.com, and signing Burton Hansen’s guest book. If you don’t know the Lord as your personal Savior, the family would like to extend this opportunity for you to know him. Ask him to come into your heart, forgive you of your sins and follow him. We believe if you pray this prayer you have been born again and will experience the unending love and forgiveness Jesus has to offer you, just as our Father did. 1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”.