Deseret News, 12/09/13
Salt Lake City, UT-Robert Foss Hansen, age 86 of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away November 27, 2013. Bob was born December 28, 1927 in Preston, Idaho, the son of Jesse VanNess Hansen and Donna Foss Hansen.
Bob was a proud veteran and served in the Army in World War II. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many capacities and found his greatest fulfillment in doing family history and record keeping. Bob graduated from Idaho State University school of Pharmacology. He began working at Skaggs Pay-Less store in Pocatello, Idaho. After receiving licensing in Utah, Bob took a position at Modern Drug. After a few years and additional education The Economy Drug store was his place of employment. The Store became Evergreen Drug Company and Bob was the "Chief Pharmacist". Bob Developed Evergreen Dental Supply Company and manufactured several dental products. He was always interested in the development of products with his chemistry knowledge. He entered into the Perfume business developing the, "Elizabeth Cole Perfume Company" as part of the Evergreen Drug Company. Upon Mrs. Cole's death the company dissolved and Evergreen Drug Store was listed for sale. Bob took a position as Pharmacist with Safeway who was entering the Utah market. They later sold to Albertson's where Bob retired.
Bob was always interested and active in family history. He took advantage of the World's largest Genealogical Library located in Salt Lake City. He took many classes in family history at BYU and traveled extensively around the world doing family history. One high light was attending a research seminar in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Bob was engaged professionally to do family history. He discovered the remains of 32 pioneers and two Indians on SLC block 49. Permission was obtained to re-bury the pioneers at "This is the Place" Pioneer Cemetery. He has donated a large portion of his extensive research to the Church Genealogy Library for the continued benefit of others.
He is loved and cherished by the many family members that survive him. Bob has left a great legacy for his family.
He is survived by: Sharron Beckstead Hansen, Elizabeth (Guy) Gardner, Mary Hansen, Janet (Gordon) Muir, Dr. Gerald (Kerri) Hansen, Ron Davison, Allan Davison, Chris (Vicki) Davison. Dr. Bracken Godfrey (Nancy), Chris Godfrey (Jill), Deanna Kinsey (Ed), Dr. Thomas Hansen Godfrey, Annie Allison (Darin), Andrew Gardner (Susan), Matt Gardner (Kirsten) Amber Rogers (Grant), Kyle Muir, Kristina Sevy (Clayton), John Muir, Cathryn Hansen, Joseph Reed Hansen, Jacob Hansen, Elise Hansen, Sophia Hansen, Kimberly Davison and 21 Grand Nieces and Nephews.
He was preceded in death by his Father Jesse VanNess Hansen, Mother Donna Foss Hansen, Sister Donna Jean Hansen Davison and Brother Dr. VanNess Hansen Jr.
Services will be held Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Monument Park 12th ward building 2795 E. Crestview Dr. Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may visit from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the Preston Idaho Cemetery and will take place approximately at 2:00 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.larkincares.com
Published in Deseret News from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, 2013