Joseph E. Hannah, 95

SEPT. 22, 1916-MARCH 27, 2012

March 27, 2012
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Joseph Emeric Hannah (Colonel, USAF, retired), 95, of Rohrersville, Md., passed peacefully from this life Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at his home while surrounded by his family.

Born Sept. 22, 1916, in Windfall, Ind., he was the son of the late Howard Harold Hannah and Ethel Louise (Davis) Hannah of Sharpsville, Ind.

He enlisted in the Army, Nov. 3, 1940, and received his wings and commission at Lubbock Field in Texas. He transitioned from the Army Air Corps to the U.S. Air Force during World War II and became a bomber pilot and received a citation for completing the lengthiest mission over water while serving in the Aleutians; in all, he flew 33 missions. He was sent to Germany in 1945 and while there he flew daily in the famous Berlin Air lift, carrying life-saving food and supplies to those living behind the Russian blockade. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. His service took him to many parts of the world. He spent time in Panama, Germany, Morocco and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., among other places. After retiring June 30, 1961 at the rank of Colonel, he worked as director of Systems Development for Western Union Telegraph Co. in Washington, D.C., and then manager of Government Communications for Control Data Corporation in Rockville, Md. He retired to the farm in 1970 to begin a career working for the community.

He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Rohrersville. He also served as conference lay leader for the United Methodist Church and traveled the state of Maryland for four years. He was a member of the Masonic Order for 67 years and belonged to the Antietam Lodge 197 AF & AM as well as belonging to the Order of the Eastern Star Olive Branch 34, both in Keedysville, Md.

As a south county resident since 1966, he served as a member of the Rohrersville Ruritan Club and held the position of president and treasurer. He served on the Washington County Parks Board and was instrumental in getting the parks in south county. He was also president of the Southeastern Health and Community Services Corporation serving southern Washington County. He was a volunteer at Reeders Memorial Home for more than 30 years in the capacity of chairman of the Board of Trustees and president of the Reeders Memorial Home Corp. of Boonsboro.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Martha Josephine Hannah at home; three sons, Joseph Michael Hannah and wife Frances, of Stephenville, Texas, Patrick Lynn Hannah and wife Romaine, of Rohrersville, and Timothy Allen Hannah and wife Cindy, of Rohrersville; two daughters, Sheron Ann (Hannah) Dinsmore and husband Donald, of Rohrersville, and Stephanie Sue Hannah of Rohrersville; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Viola Balser of Sharpsville, Ind. and Evelyn Cage of Tipton, Ind.; and one grandson, Timothy Dagan Hannah of Rohrersville.

A memorial ceremony will be held to celebrate the life of Joseph Friday, March 30, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike in Boonsboro. The Revs. Marvin L. Kline and John W. Schildt will officiate.

The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service and a memorial will be conducted by the Antietam Masonic Lodge just prior to the start of the ceremony. Military honors will be rendered by Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10, Boonsboro.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Bethel United Methodist Church in Rohrersville, the Veterans organization of your choice, or the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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