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Raymond Martin (Hansen) Aasen
Raymond Martin (Hansen) Aasen, 89, of Lansing NY, passed away at home on November 1, 2020. Raymond was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 6, 1931 to his parents, Esther (Krogh) Hansen and Martin Hansen. Raymond and his siblings, Jean and Arthur, traveled with their mother back to her homeland of Norway when he was two years old. Raymond grew up in Oslo, Norway, returning to New York when he was 18 years old. He married Gerd H. Syversen (of Follebu, Norway) in 1954. After Raymond’s graduation from Cornell University in 1956, Raymond and Gerd moved to Lansing, New York where they purchased and managed a successful dairy farm and raised four children. Raymond was active in the community and a member of the Lansing United Methodist Church. During part of his retirement, he lived in Lake Placid, taking advantage of winter sports.
Raymond was a gentle leader. He did not boast, but showed strength, spirit, compassion and love. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and of his American citizenship, remaining interested in the affairs of both countries for his entire life. Like our mother Gerd, he also had to endure the terror of the Nazi occupation of Norway as a child. Recently, he told us that May 8, 1945, when the German forces surrendered their weapons, was the happiest day of his life. He loved this country; he loved Norway too.
Raymond modeled and taught his children and grandchildren his intrinsic values of love, compassion, inclusion, hard work, competitiveness and so much more. He provided, along with Gerd, the intangibles of fresh air, space to run free, family, faith and love. We remember, that, throughout his life, Raymond was always ready with a smile and a kind word. During his retirement, Raymond pursued his love of winter sports (downhill and cross-country skiing and ski jumping in his sixties). He participated in the New York State Empire Games in both ski jumping and cross-country ski races, became a member of the United States Masters Ski Jumping Team, traveling to Norway in 1996 to compete. He also entered cycling races (in his 70s), continued long lake swims, taught ballroom dancing classes and hiked the Adirondack Mountains, becoming a member of the ADK 46ers; hiking all 46 peaks during his 70s and 80s. Throughout his life, he remained a steady and peaceful presence and was always ready for a healthy discussion of both domestic and world politics. He hoped and prayed for peace and justice.
Raymond is survived by his four children, Andrew Aasen, Nina Aasen, Paul (Amy Barth-Aasen) Aasen and John (Cathy) Aasen; thirteen grandchildren, Matthew, Erik, Kaitlin and Connor Aasen, Erika (Michael) Johnson, Aaron (Arianna) Eddy, Kristian Eddy, Ashleigh, Felicia, Rebecca and Annie Barth-Aasen, Kelsey Aasen, Martin Aasen; seven great grandchildren (his eighth is due November 25th); and his brother, Martin (Ruth) Hansen of Rockaway, NJ. He is also survived by numerous beloved family members in Norway and the US. He was predeceased by his sister, Jean (Hansen) Gibson, and brothers, Arthur (Hansen) Bleivik and Thomas Hansen.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, online at www.foodbankst.org, or 388 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira, NY 14903.
A virtual memorial service will be announced in the near future.
We remember a sunny, somewhat warm day in October, 1980's, and taking Ray for a boat ride on Cayuga Lake. He was determined to water ski in spite of the rather cold water temperature. We prefer to ski in the summer months. Ray would not quit until he had a successful, long run. It was concerning as he stayed in the water and ignored our advice to get out. He succeeded and was very happy as evidenced by his really big smile, We enjoyed many fun times with Ray and Gerd over the years.
Sue and Gregg Travis Nov 18 2020 12:00 AM
I am sad to hear of Ray's recent passing. He and Gerd were quite a pair and losing them both this awful 2020 year is painful. They were both fun for me to visit with while at Longview. Ray and I stuck together while he was with me in our adult day program there - quiet, smart, and sweet. I enjoyed nice conversations everyday with him.
God bless your family; he was a wonderful man!
Marcia Larsen Nov 16 2020 12:00 AM
It is with sadness that we received the news of Raymond Aasen's homegoing. In our family, you have always lived with us like a dream "The hero in the fairy tale saga, the ski jumper who hovers high above us".
Raymond you lived so far away from us! My brother Jarl Jostein wanted to know the reality of this saga about our cousin Raymond. After spending a year at College in Albany New York, he could confirm the truth of our thoughts.
During Christmas 2018, my wife and I traveled up to your home. We received a warm welcome from Nina and her mother Gerd, Andrew, Paul, John and Matt. Then I got to experience with my own eyes Raymond Aasen as a hard-working, down-to-earth family man. We had a good conversation about our common ancestors.
Shine Peace with the beautiful memory of my cousin Raymond Aasen
Susan and Dag Werner Brosstad, Allentown PA
Dag Werner Brosstad Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM
Thank you Susan and Dag. We miss him terribly but know that he is at peace having lived life to its fullest. He enjoyed meeting you a couple of years ago. Much love from all of us to you both
Nina Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM