David Hanselman Celebration of Life

By January 25, 2018 Announcements

Visitation team chair David Hanselman passed away Tuesday. A Celebration of Life will be held this Saturday at 11 am in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception. Please keep his wife Vicki and the rest of their family in your prayers.


Judge David Lee Hanselman, Sr. of Fort Myers, Florida passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 23, 2018.

David was born on November 1, 1945 in Coldwater, Michigan.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Morton Hanselman and Clela Marcella (Eggleston) Hanselman.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Vicki Lynn (Wolf) Hanselman.  The loving legacy he leaves behind are his sons David L. Hanselman, Jr. and partner Laura Grisolano (Naperville, IL) and Matthew T. Hanselman and wife Allison Hanselman (Carmel, IN), and daughter Krista Hernandez (Irvine, CA), and his grandchildren Ryan Hanselman, Alexandra Hanselman, Hannah Hernandez, Toby Hernandez, Kaylee Hanselman, Kyle Hanselman and baby boy Hanselman expected in March.  He is also survived by his two sisters Barbara Hanselman and Ruth Ann Crum.

David graduated from Angola High School in 1964. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he met and married his beloved wife Vicki.  Following his graduation from DePauw, David served in the United States Air Force from 1968 through 1971.  He served in the Office of Special Investigations, stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. David later attended and graduated from Indiana University School of Law.  David was admitted to the Bar of Indiana in 1974 and then entered private practice in Bluffton, Indiana with the law firm Edris, Dale and Brown.  He was appointed Judge of the Wells County Circuit Court in 1981 and served as the Judge for 30 years until his retirement in 2011.  During his time in Bluffton, David was an active member of the Bluffton United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club and the Bar Association of Wells County.  He also served as Republican County Chairman for Wells County prior to going on the bench.

After his retirement, David and his wife Vicki relocated to Fort Myers, Florida.  David was a member of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church where he served as Chair of the Visitation Team and was a member of the Church Council.  He and Vicki volunteered at the local food bank affiliated with the Harry Chapin Food Bank.  David also thoroughly enjoyed his weekly meeting of BUPAC (Business United for Political Action Committee).  David served on the transition HOA Board of Directors as the homeowners’ representative.  He was a member of the Plantation Golf and Country Club and the Plantation Mens Golf Association.

David loved his New York Yankees, the Indianapolis Colts, and peanut M&Ms. He had many fond memories of coaching his sons’ youth baseball and basketball teams.  Being a Hoosier, soon after relocation, he sought out the local basketball offerings and became a season ticket holder to the FGCU men’s basketball team (Dunk City).  He and Vicki enjoyed watching this fun group.  Politics was always a passion for David and he loved engaging persons of all political viewpoints in active discussions, especially his daughter.  Friday golf with his buddies was an anticipated event due more to the comradery than quality of play.  As he reflected on his life, David was proud of his military service and his service to the Wells County community as their Judge.  He worked tirelessly to apply the law and dispense justice fairly and impartially.  Even with all of his accomplishments he was a humble man with a kind and loving soul.  Most of all, he loved and cared for his wife and family, even until the very end worrying about their comfort over his own.

David’s family would like to thank Lee Memorial Hospital and all of the staff who attended to David and his family, as well as the Moffitt Cancer Center, for their kind and compassionate care in these last days and months.  We cannot thank them enough for all their efforts on David’s behalf.

Preferred memorials are the Harry Chapin Food Bank or the Moffitt Cancer Center.




A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, with support of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.  Services will be followed by a light reception at the Church.  David will be interred at Circle Hill Cemetary in Angola, Indiana.