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A son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, Donald Rick Hansel passed away unexpectedly July 1, 2017, at his home in West Monroe, La.
Rick was a man who was very loved, cared about, and respected. Everyone who knew him thought very highly of him and spoke only kind and encouraging words about Rick. Rick accomplish great things in life. He started his journey in Cumberland, then later moved to multiple different cities throughout his life with his last stop being Monroe, La., where he was a respected Senior Analyst at CenturyLink. Rick always put others needs in front of his own. He always made sure everyone around him was happy, safe, and full of life. He never hesitated to offer a helping hand in any situation to anyone around him. Even though Rick always lived far away from his family and friends, he always made sure to keep in contact every week to make each and every person feel that he was close by.
Rick was a 1975 graduate from Allegany High School. A graduate from Bellevue University with a bachelors degree in Web Technology. Rick loved fine dining and was an avid landscaper. He loved technology and his ability to write was unspeakable.
Rick is preceded in death by his respected father, Donald Hansel. Donald Sr. was always proud of Rick's accomplishments. Rick is survived by his mother, Nancy Hansel. He was a faithful son who called his mother multiple times a week regardless of the miles that separated them. They had a special bond. He is also survived by his brother, Steve Hansel (Brenda Hansel) and family; and his beloved sister and best friend, Amy Landis (James Bradford). Rick and Amy were inseparable from the time they were little. He took her under his wing and made sure she knew how much she meant to him. Rick will continue to keep his baby sister under his wing by being her guardian angel. Amy has two daughters, Rick's nieces, Bethany Lantz (Allie Lantz) and Courtney Landis whom he referred to as his own. Uncle Rick was a man who instilled so many values into his nieces. He always made sure they had all the opportunities in the world from having the perfect vacations to academic success to the true meaning of life itself. No matter how far he was, his nieces always knew their Uncle Rick was close by the heart, and he always kept in close contact. He is also survived by his aunt, Joy Cunningham; her two children, James and Melinda Cunningham and Beckie and John Hancock; cousins, Doug Largent and Kathy Snoody; his friends Toni and Denise. They always kept in close contact and truly cherished each other's friendships. Most importantly, he is survived by his beloved fur babies, Sommer Hope and Amber Lee, who now reside with his sister, Amy Landis, as one of his only wishes.
Friends and family are encouraged to come together for a celebration of his life that will be held on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Windsor Castle, 210 S. Centre St., Cumberland.
Published on July 29, 2017
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