Herman Hansen

Born on January 1, 1920

Departed on July 2, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Herman Hansen passed away peacefully on Saturday July 2, 2016, in Nashville, TN, at the age of 96. Born on January 1, 1920, in the town of Farsund, Norway, Herman was the 5th child of 7 to a farming family. At the age of 17, he joined the Merchant Marines of Norway. He served proudly with the Allies during WWII as a chef aboard a merchant marine vessel while exiled from his home country during the Nazi occupation.
Herman sailed the world for 13 years during this time, occasionally working in the US. After the war, he returned to Norway to attend business school, and eventually moved to the US at the age of 30. He opened a restaurant in Bethel, CT but heard Miami was the place to be . In Miami, he met his wife, Evelyn, at the World Famous Hoffbrau House where she was a waitress and he was the new Chef. She always said she fell in love with his Norwegian accent. Within 6 months they married and enjoyed a full life of nearly 60 years until she passed away in May 2011 at the age of 94. They had two children, Lars and Karen.
Herman was a successful Restaurant Manager for many years in South Florida where he was most remembered for his success at the well-known “Wolfies Restaurant” on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.
Herman is remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather; a passionate and creative chef, and a tremendous story teller. His pastimes included oil painting, carpentry, playing cards, travel, and his daily happy hour –his “favorite pass-time”.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen; his grandchildren, Ryan (and Tierra), Christine (and Jordi), Evan, and Emily; and his great-grandchildren, Josiah and Milani. Herman was predeceased by his son, Lars, and his wife, Evelyn.

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2 Comments to Herman Hansen

  1. Alisa Ferrall
    July 7, 2016 6:17 pm

    Doesn’t look a day over 75!

    Karen and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I pray that your sadness will quickly be replaced with nothing but the happiest of memories. He was truly blessed to have such an amazing daughter to care for him and to love him and to have such wonderful grandchildren. I know he will be missed.

  2. Judy Pederson
    July 8, 2016 6:37 pm

    Karen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I’ve only known Mr. Hansen for a few years but everyone at our office who met and treated him immediately fell in love with him. Sometimes his stories took more time than the therapy but that was alright. I so enjoyed my time with him. He was such a kind man and never refused anything we asked of him. He had a wonderful outlook and positive attitude. I loved his smile and kidding him about his blue eyes! He was so thankful for you and your wonderful care. He loved talking about you and your children and was so proud of you. He was a special man. He seemed to have lived a full and wonderful life and I think he’s probably sitting right now having his nightly “cocktail” and catching up with your mother. I’m going to try and make it tomorrow to the funeral home but am not sure. I just wanted you to know I’m thinking of you and your family.
    Sincerely, Judy (PT at Willowbrook).

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