Gene Kelly Hansen

Gene Kelly Hansen, 59, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 after an extended illness.

He was born on August 24, 1961, in Niles, to the late Gene and Marilyn (Knapp) Hansen.

On July 28, 1979, at a service in Niles, Gene married the love of his life, Debra DeForest. After graduating college, he spent many years as an engineering supervisor, working at Allied Signal and currently Navastar. Gene adored his two bulldogs. He was a motor-sports fan, and loved spending time with his son racing go-karts. He was preceded in death by his parent and two children, Nick Hansen and Melinda “Mindy” Gillespie.

Gene is survived by his wife, Debra Hansen; two granddaughters, Kayla and Kira; and a sister, Karen Hansen, all of Niles.

Memorial contributions may be made in Gene’s memory to the Humane Society, 5400 S. Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Gene’s family will have a service of remembrance at a later date. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with his family at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Niles.

Posted On: Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:11 PM

Source: WSJM
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