Roscoe Hansen

Roscoe H. "Rocky" Hansen

Wednesday September 24, 1924 - Sunday July 26, 2020
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Roscoe H Hansen, age 90 of Absecon, NJ, known to friends as “Rocky” died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on 7/26/2020.
Roscoe was born the youngest of five siblings on September 24, 1929 in Long Island, NY to Roscoe and Theresa Hansen. Roscoe came from an athletic family and inherited that athleticism which inspired him throughout his life to compete in various sports. He was a role model and encouraged others to participate in organized sports and physical activity. Roscoe believed in competing against oneself, in order to improve.
His family moved to Atlantic City, where Roscoe attended Holy Spirit High School and was on the football and track teams and played basketball with the Morris Guards at the Armory on New York Avenue, Atlantic City. Upon graduation, he received a football scholarship to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he received a BA in Physical Education. He played football for the Tar Heels and received Honorable mention "'All American Football” after playing in the Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl. During the summer months, Roscoe returned to Atlantic City, where he was a lifeguard with the Atlantic City Beach Patrol.
After college, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1951) as defensive tackle (#76) before being drafted into the Marine Corp during the Korean War. He was stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina and Quantico, VA. While in the Marines, he competed in heavyweight boxing and played on the Marine Corp Football Team.
Upon his discharge, he met and married his wife, Cas, of 65 years. They moved to Absecon, in 1958 where they resided for the remainder of his life.
Roscoe pursued a career in Law Enforcement. He was a New Jersey State trooper (#1328), stationed at the Absecon Barracks. In 1960, he was sworn in as a Federal Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and retired his badge after 25 years. During his career he busted stills, investigated illegal firearms, and was detailed as an Air Marshal where he traveled undercover to Paris, Switzerland, Bangkok, and other international destinations. He was also detailed during the Nixon/Humphrey election of 1968 as a body guard for Edmund Muskie, the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. Upon retirement, Roscoe was employed by the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel, in Atlantic City in the Security Department. He received his private investigators license and was employed by the office of Edwin Jacobs and William Todd on Pennsylvania Ave, Atlantic City.
Roscoe enjoyed outdoor activities, whether it was boating in the Absecon Creek, skiing in the Poconos and Catskills, or golfing with his friends, where he scored a “hole in one” at Mays Landing Country Club. He always promoted a life of physical activity.
Roscoe enjoyed spending time with his family and perfected making pot roast in a bag. He frequently drove to Maine and Pennsylvania, to visit his grandchildren whom he adored.
Roscoe was a strong man with a big heart, and always had a kind word to say about everyone. He was a father, whom we depended on for advice and wisdom. He had a common sense approach to life and taught us many life lessons. There was a strength about him that made any conflict seem inconsequential. He was the salt of the earth, and deeply loved by his family.
He is predeceased by his wife, Cas, of 65 years, and daughter, Patricia McSorley (Frank), Northfield, NJ. He is survived by his son, Michael (Lula), Topsham, Maine, daughter, Susan McNierney (Mark) Absecon, NJ and son, Steven (Dale), Lancaster, Pa. He is survived by three grandchildren: Steven D. Hansen (Katie), Medford, NJ, Caroline Hansen, Atlanta, Ga. and Steven T. Hansen, Lancaster, Pa.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00AM on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 591 New Jersey Avenue, Absecon, NJ Donations may be made to The Stanley Marczyk Scholarship Fund, or 505 Cape Island Ct., Egg Hbr Twp. NJ 08234 USA
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  • Service

    Thursday July 30, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday July 30, 2020 11:00am
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
    591 New Jersey Avenue
    ABSECON, NJ 08201
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    Due to Covid Restrictions, masks are required and social distancing will be implemented for seating in the church. Seating will be limited. Please plan accordingly. Your cooperation is appreciated.
    Father Cosme de la Pena
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    5061 Harding Highway
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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    Due to Covid restrictions, masks are required to be worn at the cemetery and social distancing is requested during the graveside service. Your cooperation is appreciated.


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