Hans was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, and spent his early years in the New Eagle/Donora/Monongahela area. During his youth, he worked to help support his family, played trumpet in the high school band as well as a small dance band on weekend nights. Having convinced his parents to let him join the Navy at the age of 17, Hans served as a radioman and gunner during World War II. After the war, he visited his cousin in Texas and fell in love with the ranch life she and her husband led. In l946 he moved to Texas permanently, followed shortly after by his immediate family in 1947. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and Durham's Business College where he met his future wife, Ina Naumann of Spicewood. Hans and Ina were married in 1948, and would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on February 19 of this year.
During the first years of his married life, Hans worked as a mail carrier, but the majority of his working career centered around real estate. He worked as a real estate agent for Harrison, Wilson, Pearson Real Estate, and later, along with a partner, established his own real estate business. He also became a licensed residential and commercial real estate appraiser, after which he worked as a commercial property manager until his retirement. Hans was a Past Worthy Patron and 50-year member of Travis Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; a Past Master and 50-year member of Colorado Lodge #96; and Past Potentate and 50-year member of Ben Hur Shrine Temple. He was also a member of several other fraternal organizations.
Hans loved fishing and spent many cold winter nights huddled in a boat on Lake Travis hoping to catch a boatload of white bass. He also spent many hours with his family cruising up and down Lake Austin in his cabin cruiser, stopping many weekends to spend the night where the Pennybacker Bridge now spans the lake. In 1986, Hans and Ina purchased a cabin on a private lake in East Texas, which they affectionately dubbed "Golden Pond," and where Hans spent time fishing from their dock. He also made many trips to various locations in Colorado (along with his son, Randy, and other companions) to hunt mule deer and elk.
A very family-oriented man, Hans loved his family deeply. He made a point to spend as much time as possible with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and delighted in watching them all grow up through the years. He has kept in touch with his family in Pennsylvania also-either through phone calls, annual visits by train or plane himself and, when he became unable to travel, having them visit him here in Texas each year. Hans was a compassionate man who, along with Ina, took care of his dying dad, moved his mom and sister close by to be able to care for them, and cared for and visited his aunt and uncle when each became ill. He was always one that would step in to care for a loved one, especially when they had no one else.
Hans was blessed with a loving family who survive him and who will miss him immensely: wife, Ina; daughter, Nancy Love and son-in-law Rodger; sons, Randy and Mark; grandchildren, Bobby Pounds and wife Gena, Amy Grimm and husband Heath, Sarah Stobaugh and husband Wes, and Emily Francis; and great-grandchildren, Danielle, Madelyn, and Benjamin Pounds, Gracie Grimm, Sophia Stobaugh, and Jayden and Colton Francis. He is also survived by his brother, Albert and wife Clara; his sister, Betty Lou Hargis; and several nephews. Hans was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Margaret Blangger, sister Lorraine Blangger, and granddaughter Lisa Pounds.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all those who played important roles in Hans's care through the years and in his final days and hours Dr. Jerry Hood; Dr. David Terreson and his NP Dorothy Darby; and Lighthouse Hospice staff, Lindsey, Yvonne, Kelly, Carmen, and Dub.
The family would also like to thank the pallbearers: Bobby Pounds, Wes Stobaugh, Heath Grimm, Justin Francis, Ronnie Hargis, Bill Wentzel, and Bob Wentzel.
Knowing that their dear loved one was a man of unyielding faith and strong spiritual conviction, Hans's family takes great comfort in knowing that he left this world in peace and comfort and is now in the arms of God.
A visitation was held with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening, on Monday, the 28th of January 2013, at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas. The funeral service were conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 29th of January 2013, at in the chapel of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home with Reverend Dub Falsone officiating. Interment followed at the Haynie Flat Cemetery in Spicewood, Texas.
In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, the family suggests donations be made to Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital.
Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.