NLJ Staff

Jan. 17, 1936–Jan. 4, 2019

Frederick Hans Hansen passed away Jan. 4, 2019, at Weston County Manor, from complications of Alzheimer’s.

Fred was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Newcastle, Wyo., to Carl and Ella (Toth) Hansen. He was the seventh of eight children born to this union. Fred was raised on the family ranch outside of Newcastle and graduated from Newcastle High School in May, 1954. 

After graduation Fred worked in the oil fields around Newcastle. Fred married Barbara Judd on Dec. 28, 1957. To this union three children were born, Rick Dean, Kimmerly Ann, and Todd Carl. He was drafted into the United States Army on March 4, 1958, and actively served until Feb. 10, 1960. Upon returning to Newcastle, he was a member of the Wyoming Army National Guard until Feb. 29, 1964.

Fred and Barb made their home in Newcastle until 1963 when the family moved to Casper, Wyo., so their oldest son could attend the Wyoming School for the Deaf. Fred worked at various oilfield service companies as a welder and heavy equipment operator before moving back to Newcastle in 1977 to work at Kerr McGee Jacobs Ranch Mine, where he retired in 1998.

Fred’s joy was spending time at the ranch he grew up on and his 40 acres where he set up his saw mill, and stayed very busy thinning, logging, and cutting firewood. He truly believed in forest management and conservation. He instilled in his children and grandchildren a strong work ethic
and an appreciation and love of the outdoors.

Fred was preceded in death by his son, Rick; his mother and father; and two brothers, Jimmy and Bill. 

He is survived by his wife, Barb; daughter, Kim (Rocky) Rhoades; son, Todd (Cindy) Hansen; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose (Ervin) Allen, Lorraine Davis, Helen Nicolls, and Shirley (Roy) Borgialli; brother, Jack (Betty); numerous nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Elizabeth Cummings. 

Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Green Mountain Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made in Fred’s name, sent to 11 E. Woodstock, Newcastle WY 82701. The family will work in conjunction with the City of Newcastle to plant trees with this fund.

Memorials and condolences may also be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railroad Ave., Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at


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