William H. Hanning Jr. PhD

November 22, 1936 ‒ February 14, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

William H. Hanning Jr. PhD, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday February 14 surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born in Dayton Ohio on November 22, 1936 to William H. Hanning Sr. and Hannah (Lewis) Hanning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his youngest son, James Hanning, and his brother John Hanning.

He is survived by Ann, his wife of 46 years, and their children, Elizabeth (Brian) Smith, John (Olivia) Hanning and Heather (Chris) Cowles and seven grandchildren, William, Oliver, Sophie, Ocean, Kingston, Breckon and Matthew. He is also survived by his sister, Anne (Joe) Talafous.

Bill was a proud graduate of Culver Military Academy, class of 1956. He was also a proud Ohio University Bobcat, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1961 and a Masters in 1967. At Ohio University he was a member of Army ROTC and upon his 1961 graduation was commissioned into the United States Army, where he served at Fort Benning, Fort Knox, and Fort Lewis. After active duty, Bill began a 32 year career in public education. He started and ended his career with Xenia City Schools but worked as a school administrator at both Twinsburg Schools and Buckeye Valley Schools. He earned his doctorate degree from The Ohio State University in 1982 and was affectionally known by those closest to him as “Dr. Bill”. Bill retired in 1996, but only to return to his alma mater, Culver Academy, as a staff member in the Summer School Program where he worked for 10 summers as a Senior Counselor and Director of Operations.

Bill never slowed down, and even after retirement he was an active and full-time volunteer. He was particularly devoted to his work with Culver Academies, where he served as a member of the Culver Legion Board, as Regional Vice President of Culver Clubs International and as the longtime Class of 1956 Class Agent. Bill was dedicated to the work of his church, West Berlin Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and an elder. Bill also served as a board member with Delaware’s Family Promise and Delaware Speech and Hearing.

Of all Bill’s accolades and accomplishments, the most treasured were his family and friends. Bill was the best kind of friend to all who knew him. He made friends easily and loved big…and was loved big in return. His legacy is one of kindness and he will be missed by all who were blessed to know him.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive at W. William Street, Delaware, where services celebrating Bill’s life will follow at 4:00 pm with Pastor Robert Gustafson officiating and the Delaware County Veteran’s Association providing military honors. The services will be livestreamed and can be viewed by visiting the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DelawareSFH/ .

Graveside services will then be held on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Dayton Memorial Park Abbey Mausoleum, 813 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton, OH 45414.

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, face masks and social distancing will be required.

Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Family Promise of Delaware County, 39 N. Washington Street, Delaware, OH 43015 or West Berlin Presbyterian Church, 2911 Berlin Station Road, Delaware, OH 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

To share a fond memory of Bill or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • My condolences to the family. Bill always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.
    Dr Bill will be missed but I’m sure he’ll find plenty to do in Heaven.

  • What an accomplished life Bill lead and what a privilege to know him and the Hanning family. I can add to his list of accomplishments that he was a great late-night host to Ann’s bridge friends. Thanks, Bill, you are loved.
    Donna Walter
    Naples, Florida

  • Dear Ann and Family, I am saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He was probably the most pleasant man I knew to be around. He always said hello to Mark and I, by name, whenever we saw him. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven gained a beautiful angel.

  • Sending our love to you all. I have fond memories of him. He was an amazing dad and a wonderful person. He will be always remembered and missed.

  • I was a classmate of Bill’s at Culver but hardly knew him. Luckily for me, I got to know him well about fifteen years ago and enjoyed every minute of my time with him. Bill was the kind of straightforward person who got things done by being nice to people and keeping everyone focused on the good they could do. The focus was always on what the group could do, not on Bill. The world needs many more like him.

  • We were so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. My family and I had met him through the church where he was a helper with the kids at Toddler Tuesdays. My 4yr old son Nolan was very found of “Grandpa” Bill. I always enjoyed listening to the stories he would share of his family and his teaching. It was a pleasure to get to know him and he will always hold a special place in our hearts. My deepest condolences to you all.

  • Bill was a good friend at Culver a I spent some time with him while we were there. He was a good guy and held the class together after graduation and will be greatly missed by all class members. I extend my most sincere sympathy to his family on his passing

  • Dear Ann and the Family,
    I am so saddened by the sudden loss of Bill. He was a great friend to me and to so many people at Culver and of course to so many others in Delaware and elsewhere. I already miss his staying at my house during his many trips to Culver where he would sleep in “his” recliner. I always feel like I’m borrowing “Bill’s chair” whenever I use it.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Ann, as well as Elizabeth, Heather, John, and the grandchildren. May peace be close at hand.

  • Ann,
    I don’t know if you remember me. My late husband Jameson (Jim) Larimore was a class mate. We have meet a few Time. I Remember he drove all the way to Cincinnati to meet with us when we’re out visiting family.

    He was alway a perfect gentleman,kind friend and a I gentle soul he will sadly be missed by all.

    Prayers
    Marilyn Larimore

  • Just about everyone if not all of us in the class of 56 knew who Bill was. He was always respected and the kind of man that could always be depended upon to get things done whenever it was needed. A real leader who was respected by us all during and after our Culver days. Only talked with him just a few times but was always impressed by him.Bill was an achiever by nature as his life clearly demonstrates. May he rest in peace with the Lord in heaven. God Bless.

  • Dear Ann and family,
    I am very saddened by the news of Bill’s passing. Though I graduated from Culver 20 years after Bill, I came to know him through my time on the Culver Legion Board and many mutual friends. He was always kind to and willing to help anyone. I shall miss him and I hope that his memory will help you through this sad time. Please accept our most sincere condolences and prayers.

  • Dear Ann, I am so sorry to hear that another of my students has left this realm. Your family wrote a moving tribute for his obituary. Bill was one who used his degree to better life for many students and school staff members. I enjoyed having him — and you — in the Top O’ the Hill Gang. Know that I have you in my thoughts and I know that you will make your way through this event as you have navigated other tragedies. I look forward to seeing you and the family after destiny permits us to be with one another again. My best wishes for everyone in the family. Bill Wayson

  • I was so saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. I was his Administrative Assistant in the Xenia City Schools for several years. He was very passionate about education and implementing the most current curriculum to help children achieve their potential here in Xenia. Even though he had quite a long drive to Xenia daily, I don’t think he ever missed a day due to the weather. My deepest sympathy to Ann and the entire family. He will be missed by all. Joyce Osburn

  • Ann and family, I am sad to learn of Bill’s passing. He was, indeed, a terrific gentleman. He was my boss during my time working for the Xenia Schools. He was kind, hard working, and put the needs of his staff before his own. Bill was a keen observer and knew the power of a word of praise. He visited with me when I went to Oakwood and showed me his childhood home. You just felt comfortable with Bill. Hopefully, your great memories will bring you peace. Everyone knew how much he loved you and the kids. Judy Hennessey

  • We are so saddened by the passing of one so kind and who did so much . He always had a smile and a hello when we entered church. He did so much for so many. Please accept our most sincere condolences and prayers.

  • Ann and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Bill. We have so many wonderful memories of parties with folks in our neighborhood. Bill will be greatly missed. Please know that you and the family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Davie and Jennifer Corwin

  • Ann and Family:
    My thoughts and Prayers are with you and family at this time of great loss. Know I thought “Bill “was a great asset to our community and Church.

  • Ann and family: I am so sorry about bill’s passing. He was a fine man and a great friend. Bill and I would often talk about Ohio University (I am an OU graduate as well) plus the fact that we were fraternity brothers, though several years apart. I always knew that Bill was coming to my office because he always wore an OU jacket of some sort. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the calling hours on Sunday due to pandemic concerns, My kindest thoughts are with you at this time. Many thanks.

  • Bill was one special person — a true gentleman and a “class” guy. His love for Culver was contagious as he reached out to classmates over the years concerning plans for the next class reunion and (oh yes) the status of the current year’s Annual Fund Drive. In fact, Bill and I had a most pleasant 30 minute telephone conversation just two weeks before his passing, precipitated by my needing a nudge to write a check for the current year. I could never bring myself to say No to Bill’s reminders. He will be missed by his many Culver friends.

  • Bill was so gracious to the residents and staff of Family Promise as a board member, “the Birthday Guy” and a perpetual contributor to great good.

    We are forever grateful for his personal kindness, the generosity of his church and personal family.

    Blessed by the imprint of his legacy,

    gwyn stetler – Executive Director and Community Minister, Family Promise of Delaware County

  • I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Bill’s passing. He truly was a great man and American. I always loved sitting with him and talking to him. Regardless the topic Dr. Bill was as expert and always had something to add. I always had something to learn. His time in the military and all of his travels were always favorite topics of mine. I was looking forward to my next promotion where he was going to pin on my new rank. It seems all of the great men are leaving us and we are left carrying on the stories and traditions.

    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. I wish I could have been there in person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hanning family.

    Jeff Cline

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