It is with great sadness that we announce
the passing of our fellow
American Legion Post 837 Legionnaire
James Arthur Conard, longtime resident of Fremont, passed peacefully at home on April 5, 2018 surrounded by family. He was 85.
He was born in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He served in the Navy from 1950-1954, planted roots in Oakland, and married the love of his life, Nancy, in 1955. They moved to Fremont in 1959 and the family still resides in the same home where their children grew up.
He and his beloved wife Nancy built the most loving family together — they were the truest of soul mates and deeply in love. They were joyfully married for 63 years; his eyes still sparkled at the sight of her and he would hold her hand whenever they were near each other. They spent countless anniversaries and family vacations by the water in Carmel, their favorite place in the world. He loved neighborhood block parties and for their entire marriage, opened their home to anyone, including their children and grandchildren’s friends. Longtime Fremont residents fondly remember him as a friendly face at the local grocery store in Glenmoor, Fremont Market. He was generous and kind always, and took care of his father and mother in-law in their final years. As an amature artist, he found great joy in oil painting. He was handy with all sorts of tools -- he once sewed a corduroy coat for his daughter on his own (which encouraged his wife to learn to sew), and built the addition to his house with more stamina than kids half his age. He was a master at completing jigsaw puzzles and winning board games. He had a green thumb and loved to work in his garden that blossomed full of flowers for years. His grandchildren and great grandchildren called him “Buddy,” and he happily spent his retirement with them playing in the backyard on the swingset and in the playhouse he built for them.
He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and Fremont Arts Association. He was a faithful parishioner of Holy Spirit Church in Fremont, and regularly volunteered with Special Religious Education (SPRED), Italian Social Group, Ladies in Stitches, Share Christmas, Healing Mass receptions, and the welcome committee.
He is survived by his beautiful wife Nancy; his children Lisa and her husband Michael, Mark and his wife Patty, Kurt Sr. and his wife Karen, and Julie and her husband Muayyad; his grandchildren Neil, Justin, Matt, Amy, Kurt, Aaron, Brian, Lyla, Shadi, and Majdi; his great grandchildren Anthony, Krystabell, Camille, Caitlin, Emilie, Heidi, Cora, Bradley, Raina, Braeden, Noelani, Kaileigh, McKenzie, Tristan, Christian, Mia, Isabella, Geneveve, and Killian; great great grandchild Jasiah; and his brother John. He was preceded in death by his great grandson Christopher, mother Muriel, sister Connie, and nephew Craig.
Arthur Lee Hansen
Arthur Lee Hansen was devoted to God, his family, his country, and education. A life-long Christian, Lee is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Erna; his son Arthur Lee Hansen Jr., his daughter and son-in-law Belinda & Rob Zamecnik, his daughter and son-in-law Anna & Scott Kittleson, his son and daughter-in-law Peter & Michele Hansen; also his grandsons Eric Kittleson, Greg Kittleson, Nathan Hansen, Nicholas Hansen, Kenneth Zamecnik and his granddaughter Michele Cantrell and her husband Nathan; also his sister and brother-in-law Shirley & Roger Vegdahl, his brother and sister-in-law Richard & Pat Hansen, his brother and sister-in-law Peter & Katy Hansen; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Lee earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College and Eastern New Mexico University, a Master in Education from University of Houston, and additional graduate study at University of Texas, and U.C. Berkeley, California State University.
Lee joined the US Navy in 1945, was a WWII vet, and after the war joined the Navy Reserve serving 42 years and reaching the rank of Commander. He stayed active in the American Legion until his death at age 86.
He devoted the bulk of his career to the education of young people as a teacher, counselor and vice-principal at Pershing H.S. in Houston, TX; Irvington H.S. in Fremont, CA; Earl Warren J.H.S. in Castro Valley, CA; Alvarado Middle School and Logan H.S. in Union City, CA.
His family and friends were truly blessed to have Lee in their lives. His sense of humor and caring nature will be missed.
The funeral service was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4211 Carol Ave, Fremont, CA, on November 9, 2013 at 11am.