October 25, 1929 – June 8, 2018
John Henry (Bud) Hansen died June 8, 2018 in Sheridan, Wyoming. He was the oldest son of Henry Martin and Sadie Florence (Wilkinson) Hansen, and was born on October 25, 1929 in Anaconda, Montana. He graduated from Anaconda High School and Telegraph School in Spokane, Washington. He worked on the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railroad part-time during high school and full-time when he graduated.
John Henry, brother Richard Carl and cousin Edward C. Johnson enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War. John joined the submarine service, serving on the USS Perch and USS Menhaden as a radioman. He traveled extensively in the service and was honorably discharged in 1954. He returned to work on the railroad. He married Carol McAfee and they had two daughters; Leslie Lynn and Mary Carol. Years later the couple divorced.
At age 55, John Henry began a second career as an Addiction Therapist at the Sheridan VA and Sheridan Drug Court, retiring at age 78. He was a “people person,” and enjoyed entertaining and helping others. Friends and co-workers liked having him around, he kept things going. His rare therapeutic style of no-nonsense confrontation, brilliant sense of humor, creative storytelling, his personal and professional knowledge of addiction helped numerous people. He was a master of therapeutic relationship.
When he was a child, his grandfather taught him to fish. He became an expert fisherman and enthusiastic teacher. His positive and fun ways with fishing endeared him to his family and friends. His hometown Georgetown Lake and fly fishing with family and friends was a favorite combination. He once said he wanted a headstone with a fly fisherman catching a fish with the words “gone fishing.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Shane Walsted, brother Dick and sister-in-law Marilyn Hansen. He is survived by daughters Leslie (Michael) Meager of Deer Lodge, and Mary Carol Hansen of Spokane, WA, grandchildren Chassidy (Rich) Falker and Carrie Walsted of Deer Lodge, and Kris Hurtado of Spokane, great-grandchildren Ryder Walsted, Emery Phett and Ethan Goldsby and brother and sister-in-law Walt and Nancy Hansen and their children, Shawn Hansen and Carlye Hansen of Anaconda, plus nephews and nieces in California.
Services will be held at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on September 15, 2018 at 10 a.m.