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In Memory Bill Hanson
William "Bill" Hanson, 73, of Manhattan,
Kan., died Friday, August 23, 2013.
Bill was born July 22, 1940, on the family farm near Olsburg, Kan., and was a 1958
graduate of Westmoreland High School, a
1962 graduate of Bethany College, and received his master's degree from Wichita State
University in 1968. Bill and Carol Hart were
married in 1962.
Bill's professional career was interesting
and varied. He started teaching business
courses at McLouth (Kan.) High School after college graduation, and quickly moved
into school administration. After teaching in
McLouth and Sedgwick (Kan.), he finished
his teaching career as principal of Westmoreland High School.
Always a farmer at heart, owning and operating the family farm in the early 1970's,
Bill's interest in agriculture led him to employment with USDA/ASCS, where he spent
six years in both the Riley County (Kan.) and
State of Kansas offices. He then transferred to
Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, where
he worked in various positions in Manhattan and Kansas City. In Washington, D.C. he
served as Director of the Reinsurance Contract Division.
Bill returned to Manhattan from Washington in 1990 to work for a private crop insurance company, but eventually purchased
several agencies in Kansas, Oklahoma and
Texas and formed KanOk Insurance Services,
Inc. After selling his own company, he continued employment with American AgCredit
and retired in 2011.
Bill's proudest achievement in his career
in agriculture was co-founding and serving
as chairman of the Crop Insurance Professionals Association, LLC (CIPA). No job was
ever above or beneath Bill. He worked successfully with politicians on Capitol Hill as
easily as he did managing teenage cashiers at
In addition to camping and gardening,
Bill's main interest was Barbershop singing.
He was a charter member of the Manhattan
Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Little Apple Chorus. Bill served
the Society in many capacities, including
holding several offices on both the local and
district levels. In 1994, he was chosen as
the Central States District Barbershopper of
Bill is survived by his wife, Carol, his
daughter Lauri (Steve) Hopper of Oklahoma
City, and his son Tom Hanson of St. Louis.
Also surviving are grandchildren Megan and
Ben Hopper of Wichita, and his sister Carol
Ahlstedt of Salina, along with a large extended family.
Memorial Services were held on August
30. Memorial contributions may be made to
the Manhattan Chapter of the Barbershop
Harmony Society (Little Apple Chorus) or
the First United Methodist Church Music
Fund, and sent in care of Stewart Funeral
Home, P. O. Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547.
The Bill Hanson, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, Memorial Scholarship
Fund at Kansas State University has been established to honor the career and service of
Bill Hanson in furthering the integrity and
reach of Federal Crop Insurance, and to promote future advancements through investment in the next generation of leaders.
If you would like to contribute to the Memorial Scholarship fund, please make checks
payable to: "KSU Foundation," write in memo
line: "Bill Hanson Memorial Fund," and mail
to: KSU Foundation, Attn: Kim Schirer, 2323
Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Crop Insurance Today November 2013
Gettin' By on Gettin' Bys...
Helping Farmers and Ranchers: Developing Risk Management Plans
NCIS Adjuster Schools Big Success
1890 Scholarship Recipients
Ten Considerations Regarding the Role of Crop Insurance in the Agricultural Safety Net
Crop Insurance In Action
Kent A. Petersen Retires
In Memory Bill Hanson
Crop Insurance Today November 2013