Charles Woodrow Hansen, age 82, of Early, died Wednesday afternoon at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 19, 2008, in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel in Abilene with Dale Meinecke officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Memorial Park. The body will lie in repose at Heartland Funeral Home in Early from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday. A visitation will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home in Abilene from 6 until 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

He was born May 24, 1926, in Anson, Texas, the son of Sam and Birtie Drewey Hansen. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was married to Thelma Thane in Anson on Aug. 16, 1944. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2008. He farmed most of his life and also was the former owner of Hansen Pest Control in Stamford for several years. He was a former member of the Fair Park Methodist Church in Abilene prior to moving to Stamford where he was a member of St. John’s Methodist Church.

He later served as Lay Leader of the Avoca Methodist Church.

Following retirement, he and his wife moved to Early in 2002.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-laws, Pam and Henry Lopez of Stamford and Candy and Stan Crawford of Early; four grandchildren, Christy Meinecke and husband Dale of Comanche, Dana Manning and husband Brian of Flower Mound, Tifnee Reed and husband Justin of Stamford and Ty Lopez of Stamford; eight great-grandchildren also survive. He is also survived by a brother, Ray Hansen and wife Nancy of Bryan/College Station; a sister, Della Cooper and husband Jimmy of Anson; a host of nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two grandsons, Steven McNeill and Brian Crawford; and a brother, Henry Hansen.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who dearly loved his family. “Papa” will be dearly missed by all those who loved him.

Friends may sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net .