Long time Minisink resident Larry Hansen passed away on December 9, 2022. He was born on March 31,
1925 to T.D. Hansen and Jane Ford Hansen. The middle child of three brothers, Carl Hansen and Harold
Hansen. He lived in Johnson, New York until he married Doris Weeden, his high school sweetheart on
March 25, 1945. They farmed together in Westtown, New York and raised three children. Larry was pre-
deceased by his wife Doris, brothers, Carl and Harold Hansen, his son Louis and wife Nancy, his son
James and wife Carrie. He is survived by his daughter Shirley Hansen and her husband Jim of Rochester
New York, and three granddaughters Jessica and her husband Jim, Katie, and Marisa.
LARRY HANSEN : A man not easily described. He was a son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother
in law, friend, farmer, collector, author, historian, archeologist, genealogist, welder, blacksmith, carver, bird
lover, cat lover, REPUBLICAN ,and so much more. He spent most of his 97 years as a dairy farmer and
keeper of his land. He had a keen interest in archeology starting with hunting for arrowheads on his farm to
trips to Easter Island, South America, and Mexico volunteering for Earthwatch. He was a master at fixing
old things, some of his best projects involve rehabbing old farm machinery, now on display at the Minisink
Heritage Museum in Westtown New York. (Many people have Larry Hansen projects in their possession.)
Larry’s interest in preserving the history of farming and specifically Minisink history led him to become an
integral part of the establishment and development of the Minisink Heritage Museum. That same interest in
preserving history led him to become an author. After countless hours in area libraries researching old
newspapers he published his book, THE EARLY MILK INDUSTRY IN ORANGE COUNTY NEW YORK, a
fete he was very proud of. The farm where he lived until shortly before his passing was a visiting
destination for many. Family, friends, neighbors stopping in for a chat, hunters sharing their trophies,
people needing his advice on how to fix something, or dropping off something he might be interested in, or
something yummy for him to eat. It was a gift to have known him. He was an amazing man who will be
missed beyond measure.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Minisink Heritage Muesum, 20 Roy Smith
Drive, Westtown, NY 10998
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 10:00-12:00pm at Applebee McPhillips, 130
Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. Burial will be at Pine Hill Cemetery in Middletown, NY. A
celebration of life will follow from 3pm to 6pm at the Minisink Heritage Museum.
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