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Thorval Hansen

May 30, 1937 — October 26, 2019

Thorval Hansen, 82, of Brady, Nebraska, died October 26, 2019 at Linden Court in North Platte.

Thorval John Hansen was born May of 1937 at the Hansen Homestead north of Curtis, NE to Leslie and Marguerite (Sowle) Hansen.  As a young boy he helped on the family farm and learned the value of hard work. He attended grade school at the country school near his home. He graduated high school in 1955 from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, NE. While in high school he developed his love of the Sandhills while working summers on a classmate’s family ranch. After high school he continued to work in the Sandhills where his love for the land and cattle only increased. In 1958 began working in the Brady area where he met his wife, Artis (Herman). They were married in January of 1960. They worked together to farm and ranch in the canyons of Curtis and Maxwell and later in the valley at Brady. They raised three children, showing them value of hard work and the importance of the Lord in their life. In 1993 Thorval realized his lifelong dream of owning and running a ranch in the Sandhills in the Burwell, NE area. Thorval received a Master Conservationist award in 2009 for his innovative grazing practices and loved nothing better than giving family and friends a learning tour on Carson Lake Ranch. In 2013 they retired and move back to the Brady area.

He is rejoicing in heaven with his parents; his in-in-laws, George and Eva Herman; a grandson, Landon Dodson; a sister and brother-in-law, Ella and Judd Lenz; two brothers, Harley and Marvin Hansen; a sister-in-law, Jean Herman; and brother-in-law, Cork Herman.

He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Artis; daughters, Sherri (Bruce) Dodson, Jodi (Alex) Sonneman; son, John (Tammy) Hansen; grandchildren, Chase Dodson, Lindee (Shane) Miller, Miranda (Ben) Leif, Kerri Hansen, Leslie (Amy) Hansen, Kendi (Dustin) Olson, Hailey, Tatum and Gavin Sonneman; five great granddaughters and two great grandsons; a sister, Norma Hansen; three sisters-in-law, Kathy and Bee Hansen, Marilyn (Byron) Brown; a brother-in-law, Ron Herman; many many family, friends and neighbors.
Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm with the family present from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Services will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 402 S. Baytree Ave, North Platte, NE, October 30, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Burial will follow in the Brady Cemetery, Brady, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.                                                      .

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska!


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Funeral Service

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

402 S Baytree Ave, North Platte, NE 69101

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