Van Dyke's Suffers Tragic Loss

Submitted by Olaus Lyons on 10/13/05 at 1:17 PM. ( )

Van Dyke's Supply and Cabela's has suffered a terrible loss . On Wednesday Oct 12 Our Director Jerry Hansen passed away very suddenly and unexpected following surgery on the 11th . Jerry was only 40 years old and is survived by his wife Lisa and daughter Lindsey and son Branden . I know a lot of you have met Jerry at the World and NTA Shows . He was one of the finest guy's I have ever known . He brought me to Van Dyke's and was always there for me . We spent a lot of time on the road together and pheasant hunting and just talking . I know we will continue on the way Jerry would want us to.
But I also know things will never be the same .
The Funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell , South Dakota
Olaus Lyons

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This response submitted by JEM on 10/13/05 at 1:22 PM. ( )

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you and Jerry's family.

To Our Van Dyke Family

This response submitted by Danny Owens on 10/13/05 at 2:04 PM. ( )

We are so saddened by the tragic loss of Jerry. Jerry was a truly great man- professionally and as a father and husband and friend. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and especially to his wife,children and family.

With Deepest Sympathy...

This response submitted by David & Donna Belanger on 10/13/05 at 2:10 PM. ( )

Lisa, Lindsey, Branden and the entire Van Dyke's family,

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. As many of you know, David was the Product Specialist at Van Dykes a few years ago. Our family knew the Hansen's well, and this loss is devastating. Our children were in activities together and played together. Jerry's big heart and jovial personality will be sorely missed. Please extend our deepest condolences to Lisa and the kids, as well as the Van Dykes family. May the memories we all hold dear help ease the pain of this tragic loss. The Belangers

Prayers and comfort

This response submitted by Harry Paulson on 10/13/05 at 3:19 PM. ( taxidermyschool@juno .com )

to all those at Van Dykes for your extreme loss. I have known the Van Dyke Group for many years back to when I new Bert Van Dyke and spent time with him in our associations with the NTA. They are a great group and my prayers go out to you for your sudden and tragic loss. I pray that gods hand wilcomfort you all.

Harry Paulson

Olaus and company

This response submitted by Bill Yox on 10/13/05 at 3:39 PM. ( )

Im very sorry to hear this news, sorry for you as a family as well as for our loss as taxidermists.

our prayers are with you also

This response submitted by paul e on 10/13/05 at 4:50 PM. ( )

sorry for the loss of your friend
you only get so many in a lifetime
remember the time you guys spent together
no one can ever take that away
our prayers go out to you and the whole Van Dykes family
paul e

Prayers and Sympathy

This response submitted by Rick Krane on 10/13/05 at 6:19 PM. ( )

My prayers are with the Hansen family and the whole Van Dykes family. No age is a good age to pass but 40 is so sad and far to young to leave so much.

Blessings and kind thoughts.
Rick Krane

Jerry Hansen was a great guy!

This response submitted by Mark Wilson on 10/13/05 at 7:11 PM. ( Mark@AfricanHunting.Info )

And I also considered him a good friend and hunting partner. No matter what the situation was Jerry had a way of always making everyone feel at ease and comfortable.

I am still in shock at the loss of such a quality human being.

My prayers are with Jerry's family.

I will miss you my friend and I am thankful that I knew you and shared good times together! You were the best! Save a few pheasants for me in heaven big guy!

With deepest sympathy to Jerry's family and fellow friends for their loss.


Mark Wilson


This response submitted by Alex on 10/13/05 at 10:32 PM. ( )

To hear that, It seem like the good ones go first.
The Lord is putting together an Army.

Sorry to hear this terrible news

This response submitted by Tony Finazzo on 10/14/05 at 12:08 AM. ( )

Jerry will be sorely missed. I pray God is taking care of him.
Tony Finazzo

So sorry to hear the news

This response submitted by Vicki Chritton-Myers on 10/14/05 at 3:41 AM. ( )

So sorry to hear the sad news. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.

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