Ferrel D. Hansen, 72, of Ely, Nevada passed away on January 11, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ferrel was born September 25, 1951 to F. Demont and Doris Jean (Mangum) Hansen in Ely, Nevada. He was the second of four children. Holly Guard is his older sister, Heidi Reed is his younger sister and Monte Hansen is his younger brother.
Ferrel graduated from White Pine High School in 1969 and went on to study at the University of Nevada Reno, studying Business Management.
Ferrel married his first wife, Carol Cvitkovich in 1970. They had two children, Christopher Sean Hansen and Nicole Hansen Quilici.
Ferrel married Jacki Dolfin Hansen in 1991. Together they continued to help raise Sean and Nicci and they also raised Jacki’s children, Brent A. Johnson and Jessica E. (Johnson) Uhalde.
Ferrel began working for his father at the age of eight. His father owned Hansen’s Texaco Service Station for over 50 years. He worked there through high school and drove the school bus while going to high school.
Ferrel served in the Nevada Army National Guard for approximately 20 years. He achieved the rank of Captain and for a time was assigned as the Executive Officer for the 72nd Military Police company in Ely.
Prior to finishing college, Ferrel left Reno and moved back to Ely. He was elected to the position of White Pine County Assessor where he worked until he was recruited to work for the White Pine Power Project (WPPP). When the WPPP office closed, Ferrel went to work for the White Pine Chamber of Commerce. During his 10+ years as executive director of the WPCofC, he worked closely with community members, elected officials and government agencies to increase tourism and job opportunities in White Pine County. They were able to bring events like the Bristlecone Chariot Races and start what is now the Silver State Classic Challenge Open Road Race. Ferrel worked hard to get the legislation passed to get the Great Basin National Park. He worked with the committee that brought the Ely State Prison. This group succeeded in obtaining the railroad from Kennecott Copper Company to start and work toward what is now the Nevada Northern Railway. Ferrel was instrumental in the creation of the “Loneliest Road in America” campaign which is still promoting our county and state today. Ferrel was awarded multiple awards from the Governor’s office for the promotion of Tourism. Ferrel volunteered hundreds of hours to help White Pine County during his lifetime. In 1993, he went to work for Rural Nevada Development Corporation in the early stages of its inception. He was very proud to build the company, helping low-income families with housing and down payment assistance. They also provided loans to non-bankable businesses in all the rural counties of Nevada. Ferrel was always helping people and White Pine County, both through his jobs and personally. He loved White Pine County. He retired in 2017.
Growing up, Ferrel spent all of his free time with his father, usually on horseback. He loved his horses and team roping. He was the state director for the local rodeo club while his children were in high-school rodeo and 10 years later when his stepchildren high school rodeoed. Ferrel roped until he had surgeries on both of his shoulders and could no longer rope. At that time, he decided to buy a Harley Davidson and spent the rest of his retirement taking road trips on his Harley.
Ferrel and Jacki liked to travel together. They have been to several countries and multiple states, enjoying many adventures together.
Ferrel’s greatest love was his family – they always came first. He would do anything for his wife, 4 children, parents and parents in-laws.
Ferrel was preceded in death by his parents, Demont and Doris, and his son, who he always called his “pardner”, Christopher Sean Hansen.
Ferrel is survived by his wife, Jacki Dolfin Hansen, his daughter, Nicole (Nick) Quilici, stepson Brent (Jennifer) Johnson and stepdaughter Jessica (Gracian R.) Uhalde. He is survived by seven grandchildren: Taryn Hansen, Payton Lovec, Rylie Lovec, Faith Uhalde, Grace Uhalde, Maithia Uhalde, and Madison Trimble Marich. Ferrel also has two step great-grandchildren, Robert and Delilah Marich.
Services will be held at the Mt. Vista Chapel in Ely, Nevada on January 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Ely City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brent Johnson, Gracian R Uhalde, Nick Quilici, Monte Hansen, Mike Dolfin and Donald Callaway.