Bob and Ruth Hansen have dedicated their whole lives to helping others find joyand love in the areas of music and theater. Bob is a 1951 GHS alumni. Their three children all graduated from Greenville Public schools, along with two of their grandchildren, and they have all participated in the performing arts while they were in school.
Both Bob and Ruth have been involved in the GPS alumni association, have volunteered in the schools for many years, served on the Danish Festival Committees, have been Grand Marshalls of the Danish Festival Parade, helped organize and run the Danish Band (of which Bob was co-founder), the Hans Christian Andersen Theater program, the GHS Drama club, the Greenville JC’s, the Rotary Club Drum and Bugle Corps Festival, the Community WinterFest Band and Orchestra Festival, and a morning men’s basketball club.
Bob has serviced thousands of students through his business, Hansen’s Music Store, for over 60 years not only in Greenville, but across Montcalm county providing instrument sales, repairs, and music lessons. Ruth has directed over 100 plays in our community, has participated in Odyssey of the Mind as a coach and judge, organized community fundraisers through producing melodrama theater shows, is active in the Flat River Players and Creative Arts Council, and she serves on the Greenville Area Community Center Board. Bob and Ruth were also an initial donor to the OUR 3 campaign and they continue to support this initiative. Their motto has been, “We do not sell instruments here; we provide the opportunity and the joy of making music which can last a lifetime.”