Erik Hansen, 20, Gettysburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at West Whitlock, rural Gettysburg.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Gettysburg High School Gym, with Pastor Jeff Adel officiating.
Erik James Hansen was born Sept. 24, 1991 to Kirk and Kristi (Nistler) Hansen in Gettysburg. He attended Gettysburg Elementary and High School, graduating in 2010. Erik enjoyed his school years. He was actively involved in football and basketball, having received many awards.
Following high school Erik attended one year at Minnesota West College. He returned to Gettysburg to work with his father. Erik also had hopes of becoming a taxidermist. This was something that he was already working on having completed several pieces.
He was well liked, having been crowned Homecoming King in 2009. He will be remembered as having a kind heart, a witty sense of humor, and the ability to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Erik loved to hunt and fish. He could be found spending endless hours casting his fishing rod, sighting his rifle or practicing with his bow, preparing for the seasons he enjoyed. He also loved to hang out with his friends and play Frisbee golf “Frolfing.”
Erik’s life will be treasured by his mother, Kristi of Gettysburg; brother, Jayden of Agar; grandmothers, LaJean Hansen of Gettysburg and Beverly Nistler of Linton, ND; aunts and uncles, Jackie and Will Schlosser of Linton, ND, Karla and Steve Reedy of Pinckney, MI, Kyle and Gillian Hansen of Poulsbo, WA; and his cousins, Stephanie, Kendra, Kori, Kevin, Casey, Taryn and Cody.
Erik was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Johnnie Hansen and Walt Nistler. Erik was not preceded in death by his father Kirk, but was joined by him just 14 short hours later.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Erik Hansen Memorial Fund, c/o Great Western Bank, 111 N.E. St., Gettysburg, SD 57442.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Erik’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)