John E. Hansen

MENOMINEE — John E. Hansen, 80, of Menominee, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019, after fighting a 13-month battle with cancer. He was born on May 22, 1939, in Escanaba to Ernest and Cecelia (Masta) Hansen and was a graduate of Escanaba High School. John joined the U.S. Navy in 1958 and served his country for four years. He married the former Sally Peterson on Sept. 26, 1960.

Over the years, John attended Northern Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin while beginning a career in the aviation industry. From 1964 until 1998, he was employed at Enstrom Helicopter Corp. in Menominee, leaving as vice-president of manufacturing. For two years he held a similar position with Brantly International in Texas. In retirement, John enjoyed working in his garage, football games and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; a son, Steven (Barbara); and a daughter, Holly, all of Menominee; grandchildren, Sasha, Michael, Tara, Courtney, Joshua and Tyler; and a great-grandson, Nolen.

He was preceded in death by a son, John; two sisters and a brother.

In keeping with John’s wishes, a private service will be held at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home. Friends are welcome to attend the interment at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, followed by a Celebration of Life for John at his son, Steve’s home.