Donald “Donnie” Hansen

Donald Hansen, age 87, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023. He was a graduate of Laramie Senior High School. He worked at the Monolith Cement Plant and was a Snowmobile dealer for Arctic Cat. In all of this time he was always working on custom hot rods for many Laramie locals. He then went on to own an auto body and mechanic repair shop here in Laramie.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend, Don was an avid snowmobiler, motorcyclist, dune buggy enthusiast and outdoorsman. He always lived life to the fullest no matter the season. Inspiring multiple generations from his own children to grandchildren and neighborhood kids to enjoy the many adventures of life. His family has so many fond memories spent on a mountain trail whether that was on a dirt bike or riding a snowmobile. Let’s not forget his love of fishing. So much so that he made his own fishing fly’s that are still catching fish today. In his later years he was an extremely accomplished custom hot rod builder traveling around the country to show off his work, winning multiple awards. To say that he will be missed does not capture his infectious spirit, good will and character that touched so many lives.  His sense of humor will live on in the memories of anyone who had the great pleasure of knowing him.

Proceeded in death by his parents Willard and Melva, brother Ken Hansen and grandchildren Chad and Todd Shewmake. He is survived by his wife, Lanny Hansen, whom he married on September 13th, 1961. His four children, son Lonnie Hansen, his partner Stephanie Bowers; 3 grandchildren, Donny, Dana and Andy, daughter Rhonda Hansen, her husband Mark Russell; 2 grandchildren, Chelsay and Kayliegh, daughter Brenda Shewmake; 4 grandchildren, Eric, Todd, Chad and Bubba, and daughter Janel Hansen; 3 grandchildren, Adam, Steven and Ashley, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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Condolences (13)

  • Greg Powell

    My condolences to the hansen family he was a very good guy

  • Ron and Danna Rigg

    Our condolences to Lanny and the family!

  • Gregg Channell

    So sorry to hear the passing of Donnie

  • Rob Bress

    Sincere condolences to all of Donnie’s family. I always enjoyed visiting with him around town and at the shop. His enthusiasm and skills were beyond impressive. I hope your happy memories of shared experiences will help you through your grief at his loss.

  • John Harrison

    My regards and condolences to the family.

  • Randy Anderson

    Lanny, hug and prayers coming your way!

  • Rhonda Berger

    Lanny and family, Words can't even begin to express the love, respect and gratitude for Donnie and his family. Donnies friendship with Jim fortunately oozed through the whole Chesnut family & we benefitted from that friendship in each and every way. Godspeed Donnie, you deserve it, and Lanny, this first pain will ease with time, and please remember, he's still in your heart always . May you all find peace and comfort in your wonderful memories. Rhonda (Chesnut) Berger Peggy (Chesnut) Joyce (Sisters from other Mothers)

  • Arvin Martinez

    Donny was a very talented car builder, and nice Man!

  • Becky Rile

    Lanny, I am so sorry for the of Don. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Smiley Lentz

    Saddened to hear about my wonderful friend and mentor. He would come to my shop and visit. See what I was doing and share valuable trade secrets. Always willing to hand out an "atta boy" he will be missed. Smiley Lentz

  • Melia Hansen Hesse

    My Uncle Donnie was a joy to be around when i spent summer's back home in Laramie. I miss my times of being there with family!!!

  • Sharon Cole

    Lanny, I’m so sorry to here about Don, your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Claudette Mosier. Mike Mosier

    We were surprised and very sad to get the call about Don’s passing today. It’s been nearly 4 years since we left Laramie, so we haven’t seen him in a while. I know Mike would love to be at his service when you have one, but that is a bigger drive than we can manage these days. Lanny, our hearts and prayers go out to you and all the family. May you all find peace and comfort to help you through this new journey.


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