As of Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Over 120 friends and relatives helped long-time resident, John Hansen, celebrate his 100th birthday on Feb. 8 in the Dallas Retirement Village Health Center.
John was born in 1918 in Hillsboro, son of Harry and Ida Meier of Bethany.
He attended Beaverton High School and graduated from OSU in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. In 1941, he married Ruth Plummer, of Dallas. Ruth died in August 2014 after nearly 73 years of marriage.
Following graduation, John was Linn County 4-H Extension Agent before moving to Dallas in 1949 as Chairman, Polk County Extension Service until 1973. After that, John was Water Resource Specialist for OSU Extension Service, Assistant Administrator of the Oregon Milk Stabilization Program, Assistant Director of Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and other positions for OSU until his retirement in 1983.
John was Dallas Distinguished Citizen in 1964 and in 1966 President, National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), with a membership of 5,000. In 2004, he was elected to the 4-H Hall of Fame; in 2007 elected to the NACAA Hall of Fame; and in 2016 granted Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
John was instrumental in developing the Delbert Hunter Arboretum, serving on the board of directors for 20 years and president for five years. In 1997-98, he was Chairman, Dallas Retirement Foundation.
John is a member of the OSU Beaver Club and has been a member of the Presbyterian Church since 1930.
Together, John and Ruth organized and led 18 agricultural study tours worldwide, personally traveling to 60 countries.
John’s family consists of his two sons and their spouses; James and Gail, Tom and Barbara; grandchildren, Scott Neal, Rebecca Peschong and Derek Hansen; and three great-grandchildren.
John would like to thank the many people who reached out to him to help make this milestone birthday a memorable event.