Merlyn Hansen, former business leader and champion for York County, remembered

YORK – The York community was saddened this week to hear of the passing of Merlyn Hansen, 74, a longtime business leader and advocate for economic development in York County.

Hansen was one of the founding members of what is now the York County Development Corporation (YCDC). The institution was created in 1996, thanks to the work and passion of Hansen and other business leaders.

Hansen served on the board of directors of YCDC for many years, in many capacities, including as president in 2006.

He participated in many tours of York County, upon visits of governors, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and site consultants, working to promote what York County has to offer.

Hansen, who was the president of Overland Sand and Gravel, and later the same for the Overland Division of Nebco Inc., was a major proponent of growing York County – as a businessman and as a volunteer.

Hansen was part of the effort to create, promote and sell the spec building in York’s industrial park, which also helped spark the eventual development of that entire area on the north side of York. Today, what was the old airport is now an industrial/commercial hub where all the previously-city-owned lots are now privately owned with thriving business endeavors.

He was also part of a committee who contributed and raised money to build seven spec houses in otherwise unused lots in the residential areas of York, as a way to provide more housing options, spur local housing construction and encourage more business for local builders.

After York’s historic downtown fire, he served on a special advisory committee, appointed by the city, to work toward the redevelopment of the south side of the square.

He also served as a Nebraska Diplomat, representing YCDC and the York County community as a whole.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home at 6800 South 14th Street in Lincoln. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 20, at Southwood Lutheran Church at 4301 Wilderness Hills Boulevard in Lincoln.



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