William H. Hanning Jr. PhD
November 22, 1936 ‒ February 14, 2021
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