Jerrald (Jerry) J. Hansch, 81, of Medford, Ore. went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 22, 2013 at a local foster home. He leaves behind Nancy, his wife of 15 years. They met at Bandon by The Sea on Sunset Beach in front of Elephant Rock. They returned every year on the anniversary of their meeting and many other times. Jerry and Nancy were married October 27, 1997 in Little Rock, Ark. She was the love of his life and he of hers.
He is survived by four children, Jim Hansch and Mary Kohl, both of Wisconsin and Tom Hansch and Betty Garrison, both of Denver, Colo. and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Theresa. He will be greatly missed by a special cousin, Diane and her husband John Mueller of Wisconsin. Also, Nancy's children and their spouses, Terry Voet of Wash., Rick Voet of Calif., Marshal Voet of Mont.; Keith Voet and Scott Voet of Calif. and 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jerry was born August 24, 1931 to Ross Hansch and Frances Havarnek in Milwaukee, Wis. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Dells where he attended grade school. He finished high school in Madison. Jerry, his father, and his brother Bob were all Eagle Scouts, noted in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Jerry served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He helped establish an Army hospital in Germany for veterans wounded in that conflict. He learned his trade of draftsman in college and worked for architectural and engineering firms for many years before retiring after a heart attack. His hobbies included writing poetry, listening and dancing to music, woodworking, and scenic photography. Jerry had a wonderful sense of humor and was loving and kind. He was a friend to all and always found the good in others.
He and Nancy attended Westminster Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held there April 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. All friends and neighbors are welcome.
Special thanks are extended to church members, neighbors, many friends and family members, expecially Gail, Dan, and Peter. Steve Paul, a dear friend, is much appreciated for his faithful love and support.
Donations may be made to Oregon Cardiology Studies at Rogue Regional Medical Center or to the Boy Scouts of America.