Life Story / Obituary
Erle Sandlin Hansen, 72 years old, passed away on March 22nd, 2023, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was born in Racine, WI, to Jerome and Juliet (Sandlin) Hansen on December 1st, 1950.
He attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, graduating in 1968. He began working at his father's company, Gales Manufacturing Corporation, in Racine on June 18th, 1969, and continued working there for the remainder of his life, taking on full ownership at the time of Jerome's passing in 1996. He met his wife, Marylis, in 1983 through mutual friends and they knew immediately that they were soulmates. They married on April 28th, 1984, and continued to build their life in Racine. He was a man of many interests including stargazing, geology, precious metals, birdwatching, dancing to loud music, and catching insects with his children and grandchildren. He was devoted to his many pets throughout the years, and there was not a cat that did not love him in return. Above all else, he was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, “Bubba”.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Marylis (Muckler) Hansen, and two daughters, Claire (John) Harty and Juliana (Jordan) Schwehr, along with his 3 grandchildren, Lucas, Cora, and David Harty. He was serious a lot of the time, but also had a wry sense of humor and possessed astonishing intelligence and wit. He touched many lives and was extremely generous to his family, employees, and friends. He will be greatly missed by his family but will always be thought of on a clear night, when eating ice cream, or when listening to the song of cicadas in the summer.
A Memorial Service celebrating Erle’s life will be held at the funeral home, 1:00 PM, Sunday, April 2, 2023. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for visitation, Sunday, 12:00 PM until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of sending flowers, please plant something in Erle’s memory.