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David LeRoy Hansen

| June 6, 2007 12:00 AM

David LeRoy Hansen, 82, a Kooskia, Idaho resident, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2007 at Pullman Regional Hospital. A graveside service was held at the Libby Cemetery in Libby, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1.

David was born Nov. 23, 1924 in Anaconda to Benjamin and Alta "Sally" Hansen. He grew up on a ranch near Melrose. David joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Philippine Islands and later in Japan.

He was a truck driver and also drove for officers. Upon his honorable discharge he returned to Butte, where he married Ethel Mae Moyle on June 17, 1947. They lived in Eureka for a while before moving to Libby in 1951.

David worked in the asbestos mine at Libby for several years. He and Ethel divorced in 1965 and David moved to Pierce, Idaho. He drove bus for the Clearwater Stage Line for many years. He married Audrey Reimler on Sept. 5, 1970. They made their home in Clarkston where David worked in various jobs. They also opened a small grocery store and ran it for a time.

After retiring in 1987 they moved to Kamiah, Idaho. Not one to sit idle, David had been working for the U.S. Forest Service for the last 7-8 years as a "handyman" and outside worker at the Fenn Ranger Station. He loved the outdoors and loved horses. David used to ride saddle broncs in the rodeo and was a former member of the Sheriff's Posse. He liked to dance and play cards, especially Pinochle. He was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey, at Lewiston, Idaho.; five daughters, Sheryl Hansen of Pullman, Wash., Marilyn Countryman of Athol, Idaho, Carlene Smith of Springfield, Mo., Bobbie Marcy of Sandpoint, Idaho., and Nancy Fultz of Whitefish; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, a brother, Roy Hansen of Butte and a sister, Dolly Spady of Libby. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret DeShazer.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family.