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Bruce Hansen 03/29/2024

Bruce K. Hansen, a sixty year resident of Hudson, WI, passed away peacefully in his home on March 29, 2024 at the age of 88, surrounded by his family.
Bruce was born on January 22, 1936 in South St. Paul, MN to Harry and Agnes Hansen. Bruce graduated from St. Paul Park High School in 1954 and enlisted in the US Army shortly thereafter. Upon return from his service, he met his wife and lifelong love, Carol Catherine Callahan. Bruce and Carol were married on January 31, 1958 in St. Paul, MN. They had six children, Kelli, Kevin (KC), Traci, Brian (Duke), Jonpaul (JP) and Molli. They moved to Hudson in the summer of 1964, to their home at 727 Oak Street, where he lived for the remainder of his life. Bruce graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in education and later received his Masters from UW-Stout. His first job was teaching Social Studies and Drivers Ed at Hudson High School from 1964 to 1969. Many Hudsonites have reminded the family that they learned to drive from Bruce. Bruce spent the remaining 30 or so years of his career at his former high school, St. Paul Park in Cottage Grove. There, he coached football and hockey, taught in the Social Studies department, and was a Work Experience Coordinator.
From playing and coaching hockey, Bruce went on to enjoy watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play multiple sports, including basketball, soccer, swimming, golf and of course—hockey. Each grandchild had a drawer at the house filled with keepsakes that he had collected throughout their childhoods. He was an avid collector of antiques, most notably his treasured marble collection. He loved to fish and be outdoors, sit on the porch and read and stay up late to watch sports and old westerns.
Overall, his family and friends were his greatest achievement. He called each of them on their birthdays to sing to them—many of whom have since confessed to purposefully not answering so they could have the message saved for years to come.
Bruce is survived by his children Kelli (Steve) Saindon, Rosie Hansen, Traci (Dan) Takkunen, Duke Hansen, JP Hansen, Molli (Kenny) Stage. Grandchildren Stevi (Dustin), Kaleb (Kaylin), Pete (Hanna), Sadie (Kyle), Reese, Zoie, Ashley, Ali (Jabu), Cutter, Jack and Magnus. Great grandchildren Hudson & Leona, Carli & Madden, Cal & Mack, Dante, Griffin & Jack, and Noah. He is also survived by many dear friends who he considered family. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Carol, and his son Kevin (KC).
Celebration of Life Open House was held at 727 Oak Street on Saturday, April 6 from 2-7pm. Interment was in Fort Snelling on Friday, April 12 at 12:30pm. Procession from 727 Oak Street Hudson. Must meet at 11:00am in Hudson. Please be at Fort Snelling by 12:15pm assembly lane #4. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Nancy Lee Posted March 31, 2024 7:56 pm

    You and Carol were our first friends in Hudson and we loved you both. Your children were our second family. As Joel’s godfather you got him set up for a career as a hockey goalie and also grandson Cooper. Hugs to five wonderful children!

  • Rick Swanson Posted March 31, 2024 9:05 pm

    My deepest sympathy and love to the family. Special man. Honored to know him and all of you. I pray God’s comfort and smile when I think of the reunion in heaven. I’ll be out of town but know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Rick Swanson

  • Judith Dove Posted April 1, 2024 7:43 am

    Know him and having him as a friend was truly a bright light in my life. Grateful for the gift of calling him my friend. My memories spent in his company are the gift that grief and sadness gives me. His loss will be felt by many. Love and prayers to all of us who knew and loved him.

  • Rod Hale Posted April 1, 2024 9:29 am

    Bruce was. More than a friend, he was like a brother, always looking out for you. I loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed.

  • Carlos Gutiérrez Flores Posted April 1, 2024 1:58 pm

    Recuerdo con cariño cuando conocí a la familia, eso debido a la amistad con Kevin. CK quién recibió a mi hijo en su casa. Por periodo de vacaciones, muchas gracias rossie

  • Carlos Gutiérrez Flores Posted April 1, 2024 2:00 pm

    Recuerdo con cariño cuando conocí a la familia, eso debido a la amistad con Kevin. CK quién recibió a mi hijo en su casa. Por periodo de vacaciones, muchas gracias Rosie, por favor nuestras condolencia a la familia, un abrazo

  • Gary Freeman Posted April 2, 2024 12:02 pm

    I was grateful to reconnect with Coach Hanson a couple of years ago. Bruce was head coach of the Park bantam hockey team in 1965. I was 12 years old. He continued coaching his boys through our high school graduation in 1970. When I visited him recently the old hockey stories flew like it was yesterday. Wistful chuckles and laughter were accompanied by a few tears of treasured remembrance of those past seasons. Thanks Coach. Rest in peace.

  • Judy Feltmann Posted April 2, 2024 4:20 pm

    Traci and Dan, sorry to hear the loss of your Dad. It sounds like he was an amazing person. Prayers to you and the rest of your family.

  • Larry costigan Posted April 3, 2024 9:58 pm

    We lost a dear friend and great colleague. Bruce was involved in great number of students lives and will be missed by all of us

  • Sue and Wayne Skogen Posted April 4, 2024 6:09 pm

    Your dad was my driver’s Ed teacher. Always remember his smile and patience. RIP Prayers for All

  • Elaine Johnsons Posted April 6, 2024 4:54 pm

    Kelli , between the sad times, recall the great guy & dad that he was! I’m sure it’s a big part of why you’re amazing, selfless, fun wife, mom, sibling & BEST FRIEND to many of us. The Calvin Johnson family knows you as family who always shows up. Love, Calvin & Elaine❤️

  • Chuck Harrison Posted April 8, 2024 5:40 pm

    Please call me 952 374 8765 my mom told me at Sunday evening my mom can’t remember Chuck Harrison 952 374 8765. Sorry would of been there love you guys

  • Randall J Pearson Posted April 9, 2024 4:43 am

    I am in Florida and just learned of his passing. He was a great friend in the antique world. He always had his knowledge and opinion, I also knew KC, They are now telling stories together in heaven. My condolences to the family

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