James Francis Hansmann passed away on Wednesday April 29, 2020. He was born on June 18, 1928 in Moorhead, MN, the second son of Anthony and Clara (Schranz) Hansmann of Minnesota from whom Jim inherited his lifelong love of sports. He graduated from Moorhead High School where he excelled as a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball). He attended Moorhead State University before transferring to North Dakota State University where he played basketball and graduated with a degree in journalism. After college, Jim enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia. Jim held various insurance, finance, real estate, and accounting positions before settling into his own accounting and consulting business. He worked closely with several minority-owned businesses in Springfield assisting with contracts, business development, operations and accounting. His clients included small businesses and individuals throughout the greater Springfield area. He was active in a number of community service organizations and served on the West Springfield School Board. Jim was a member of The Church of the Good Shepherd while living in West Springfield and helped to coach the basketball team that the church sponsored in the YMCA youth league. After moving to Agawam, he was an active attendant of Bethany Assembly of God. Jim worked actively into his early eighties. He would reward himself after tax season with extended stays at a summer home on Cape Cod where he would enjoy the beach, being with family, and reading by the water or while sitting on the porch on warm summer evenings. His love of reading kept his mind sharp throughout his life. He spent the last several years of his life at the Leavitt Family Jewish Home in Longmeadow where he developed close relationships with other residents and with several of the doctors, nurses and other caretakers who not only were supportive of Jim but also took a personal interest in him. His family is grateful for the people and resources of JGS Lifecare and their commitment to the elderly. Jim loved his family. He is predeceased by his younger sister Mary (Thom) Racek Johnson of Moorhead, MN and his eldest son James Lane Hansmann of Springfield. He is survived by his older brother Robert (Bob) Hansmann of Salina, KS and his sons David (San Francisco), Robert (Southwick), Scott (West Springfield) and Michael (Springfield) Hansmann and daughter Christina Lockwood (Agawam), as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins. Plans for services and burial will be made at a later date. Jim was an ever-present supporter of the academic and athletic pursuits of his children from elementary school through college. He was a wonderful father who could be counted on for love and support in good times and especially in trying times. He leaves a lifetime of special memories for his surviving family who will miss him dearly. The Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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