Anders J. Hansen

Anders Jorgen “Andy” Hansen, 95, longtime resident of Milford, NH, died on May 20, 2020 after a period of declining health and complications from Covid-19 at Crestwood Healthcare Center, Milford, NH.

He was born in Rockford, IL on June 7, 1924, son of Niels and Astrid (Strid) Hansen.

A member of The Greatest Generation, Andy served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 104th Timberwolf Division, 414th Regiment, Cannon Company, in Europe and was a recipient of The Purple Heart.

He was self-employed as a poultry farmer and owned and operated Black Feather Farm for 20 years and later went to work for The Cabinet Press.

Andy enjoyed bicycling and skiing, especially cross country. He also enjoyed camping with his family and hiking with his sons. Over the course of 50 years his love of hiking took him on adventures to all of the NH 4000 footers, the Maine AT Trail, the Sierra’s, the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and trekking in Nepal twice. He also rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon twice. He was a voracious reader and patron of the Wadleigh Library all his life. In his earlier years, he volunteered with the Boy Scouts and was also active in his community having served on the board at the Pillsbury Home and as a trustee of the Wadleigh Memorial Library.

He was predeceased by a son, Neil Hansen; and two sisters, Christine Gardner, Eleanora Cropley and her husband, and special friend, Nelson Cropley.

Family members include his loving wife of 74 years, Evelyn V. (Duerschmidt) Hansen of Milford; two sons and daughters-in-law, Cort and Cynthia Hansen of Albany, NH, Eric and Louise Hansen of Milford NH; three grandchildren, Lisa and her wife Heather Hansen of Manchester, NH, Neil Hansen and his significant other Sadie Mason of Portsmouth, NH and Audrey Hansen of Ann Arbor, MI; two sisters, Anna Morton and Shirley Williams, both of Nashua, NH; nieces and nephews.

His family is extremely grateful and wish to express their thanks to all the staff of Crestwood Healthcare Center and Home Health and Hospice for the care he received, especially during the challenging days of Covid-19.

Funeral services are private. Burial with military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford NH. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the WadLeigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St. Milford NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com.