William R. “Bill” Hanna, MD age 87, died January 23, 2011, at Triumph Hospital, Lima.
He was born July 24, 1923, in Canton to William R. and Beulah Downey Hanna, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 20, 1960, he married Doris A. Trbojevic, who survives in Lima.
Dr. Hanna grew up in Navarre, where he made important friendships, including one with a local doctor, whose fatherly kindness and support not only impressed the boy who lost both parents at the age of 8, but helped him toward his career in medicine. He retired from practicing orthopedic surgery after 25 years at St. Rita's Medical Center and Lima Memorial Hospital. He also had a private practice with Dr. Asa Jones and Dr. John Tillotson. In his semiretirement, he assisted Dr. Bagenstose and Dr. Van Atta.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a meteorologist in Europe. Following his return from Europe, he attended Otterbein College, Westerville, on the GI Bill, and The Ohio State University School of Medicine. During his general surgical residency at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, he met and married his wife of 51 years. He interned at Harbor General, Los Angeles, and completed a general surgical residence at the VA Hospital, Pittsburgh, and an orthopedic surgery residency in Mobile, Ala. He was a member of the American Academy of Medical and the American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons.
He was a passionate outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and arrowhead hunting. He loved long road trips and birding and after retiring went several times to Florida, Texas, California and New Mexico, and in the spring to favorites Crane Creek and Point Pele, even after his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease. Through the years there were many memorable and wonderful trips with family to Canada and points to the south and west, which he especially loved. He enjoyed hunting and camping trips with friends in places including the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Kodiak, Alaska. He spent many hours gardening at his home, planting extensive vegetable and flower gardens. He enjoyed many forms of music, especially jazz and vocal singer.
During his long journey with Parkinson's disease, he was blessed with help and kindnesses from many people in the community, in addition to his family and friends. Hospital visits were invariably brightened by encounters with former co-workers or patients who would remind him of how much he helped them. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church.
Survivors also include four children, Leslie Ann Hanna, of Mill Valley, Calif., Bill R. (Mark) Hanna, of Cleveland Heights, Jeffrey R. Hanna, of Columbus, and Heather R. (Terry) Leverett, of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Camille, William and Georgia Hanna-Leverett; a brother-in-law, Donald Trbojevic, of Glassport, Pa.; and a nephew, Edward Hanna, of Huron.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Clarence Hanna; and a niece, Dorothy Hanna Walter.