Merle Archie Hanscam

September 18, 2001 11:00 pm

Merle Archie Hanscam, 83, Klamath Falls, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, in Klamath Falls after a four-year battle with Alzheimers disease.

Mr. Hanscam was born July 20, 1918, in Selma to Elmer Eugene and Viola Anderson Hanscam.

His family moved to Harbor in 1924. He graduated from Brookings-Harbor High School.

He attended University of Oregon, where he was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated in June 1941 and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Hanscam served during World War II, and received an honorable discharge in April 1946.

He married Hazel Irene Knutsen Dec. 8, 1946, in Harbor.

Mr. Hanscam was a partner in a family business, the general store (Hanscams Center) in Harbor, until 1957 when he moved his family to Klamath Falls and purchased the Lucky Lanes Bowling Alley. The name was changed to Hanscams Bowling Center in 1992.

He was also involved in running a logging business. Along with his family, Mr. Hanscam enjoyed bowling, golf, hunting and fishing. He was also a member and past exalted ruler of Elks Club 1247.

Survivors include his wife; children, Merlene and Peter York of Longview, Wash.; Barry Hanscam of Klamath Falls; Sharon and Lauren Finfrock of Azusa, Calif.; sister, Thelma Pettigrew of Harbor; brothers, Elmer Hanscam of Oakridge and Mervin Hanscam of Sweet Home; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives.

Preceding him in death were sister, Emma, and brother, Vernon.

The family requests donations in Hanscams memory be made to the Alzheimers Research Alliance of Oregon, P.O. Box 10051, Portland, OR 97210.