Farewell to our friend and colleague

I know I am feeling like a lot of you who knew Ron Hansen, numb with disbelieve that this gentle and extremely talented man is gone from us.

Although I had known Ron since the late 90's, I first met him in person when he taught at a Faux Retreat in 2012.  Ron didn't think he had anything to offer as an instructor and it took some pestering on my part to convince him how interested people would be in a class with him.  When Ron arrived at the retreat I was struck by how soft spoken he was and how generous he was with the others at the retreat, answering questions about his finishes and techniques.

The first evening of the retreat Ron received a phone call with devastating news.  While various plans were being discussed on how to get Ron home, he ultimately decided that he wanted to stay at the retreat for the time being.  Being at the retreat with two Nebraska natives and friends Jan Joyce and Joyce Nelson, and rooming with Jay Lewis, as well as being around the other loving and supportive retreat group, seemed to be of comfort to him and we formed a new family.

I don't know how Ron had the strength to do it, but for two days he taught a wonderful class, complete with several one time use stencils that he had designed, printed and cut for all of us.  The memory that I will remember most fondly however, is how that man managed to sleep through all of us around his bed singing Christmas carols.  I don't think he ever did believe any of us that it really happened.

Ron was a source of help and inspiration to so many people in the decorative finishing community.  I know we will all cherish our memories and time with him.

You will forever be in our hearts Ron Hansen.  Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us, and may you and your family find peace.

Kathy B

One of the beautiful finishes that Ron did on a job.  The design was his own creation that he cut.

This was one of the beautiful designs and finishes Ron created for the Faux Retreat group.

Ron hanging out and relaxing at the 2012 Faux Retreat.

Ron's infamous rabbit. 


  1. I didn't know Ron had died. I used to chat with him periodically on one of the forums. He was always so nice about helping out when I needed it.

    Sue S.

  2. I wondered what had happened to Ron. I used to see him and talk to him some times on Facebook. He was so helpful. RIP

  3. I grew up next to Ron from 3rd grade until our house burned when I was a Senior in High School. Ron and I did some fun things together as kids. Most of them legal! I remember painting Murals of our favorite album covers on 4 walls in his bedroom in the mid 70's. Boston, Steve Miller, ELO.
    Ron was truly my first "Best Friend"! R.I.P.

  4. My sympathy goes out to Ron's bothers and sister and his sons, his family and his friends. We first met in the late 70's and I'm thankful for the friendship we had. Such beautiful talent he had in the artwork he produced! Rest in peace Ron, you will be missed!

  5. I never knew Ron personally but, being in The industry for 20 years, his name and work were certainly memorable. What a tragedy to be so young.


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