Roger was born in San Fransisco, CA to Walter and Agnes M. (Sue) Hansen. They divorced and his mother married Earl Kamhout in 1937. The family came to live in Seattle.
Roger attended schools in Seattle, and joined the National Guard. During the Korean War, his his unit was stationed in Fort Richardson, in Alaska, where he served as a radar operator. The unit was activated and sent to Korea, but the war ended two weeks later.
Roger returned to Seattle and finished his education, attending the University of Washington on the GI Bill, graduating in 1965. While attending the University, Roger was employed part time as an electronics technician in the Cardiology Department at the University Hospital. He met an married Kathy Hoshaw in 1960, and they had two sons, Eric and Arne
Roger worked for Boeing for a few years, until the big reduction in force in 1969. The family moved to San Diego, where Roger went to work for Control Data.
Roger was transferred to Santa Maria, and worked at Vandenberg Air base for seven years. While in California, he joined the Naval Air Reserve unit VP-65. The unit trained at point Magu. Roger was in-flight technician on the P-3 Orion when they went on patrols. They searched for submarines an also for boat people escaping Vietnam. They were able to find and obtain a rescue for one boatload of refugees.
Roger continued to work at Vandenberg AFB until 1979, when he re-hired at Boeing. He worked in Flight Test as in -flight- technician on various planes, including the 767 and the 777. He was very good at documentation, and some of his work in that area is still in use.
Roger was a Ham Radio operator, having gotten his license in 1959. His original call sign was K7YKC. During his time in California, he let the license lap and had to re-test for new a call sign. His new call was W6TOZ. His friends called him “Six Toes”. When the family returned to Seattle, Roger got a lot of flack because of his California sign…”Why don’t you back where you came from” until he reminded them that indeed he was returning to Seattle, and had lived there when SeaTac was called Bow Lake Airport.
Roger was offered a good retirement package from Boeing in 1995. so officially retired. That didn’t last long, as he stepped sideways and went back to work for Lockheed Martin, under contract to the FAA. He supervised the installation of air-to-ground communications at various airports in the western region. For Roger, that was like being a kid in a candy store. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 2005, and this time retirement stuck.
Roger and Kathy moved to Mount Vernon in November of 2005. They began putting down roots by joining First Evangelical Lutheran Church, taking the citizens’ Academy class and subsequently becoming members of COPP (citizens of Proactive Patrol) with the Mount Vernon Police Dept. Roger retired COPP in 2016, after more than 1700 hours of service. He was then active in Radio Amateurs of Skagit County as well as other Ham Radio organizations.
Roger was preceded death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Kathy and sons, Eric W. (Barbara) and Arne C. Hansen. There will be a memorial service on Sunday February 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2015 Blackburn Rd. Mount Vernon. IN lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to to the Memorial Fund at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity .