He was born the son of the late Mary and John Hanninen on March 12, 1940 in the family home in Fitzwilliam. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1958.
On August 28, 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a helicopter mechanic. He was deployed to Germany. William was honorably discharged at the rank of PFC, E-3 on August 11, 1964.
William worked as a machinist for the Knappe and Koester Company in Keene for twenty-five years before retiring in 2012.
He had many interests in life. Time was spent enjoying baseball and softball. He was an avid car enthusiast and snowmobile racer in his day. Time was also spent tinkering on mechanical projects. He was a loving father and in time, grandfather. William was always available for his two grandchildren who he would pick up from school almost every day.
Mr. Hanninen is survived by his son, Derek C. Hanninen and his significant other, Erin Dallas of Westmoreland. His siblings; Ann Wilder and her significant other, Richard of Fitzwilliam and Robert Hanninen and his wife, Lindy of Groton, MA. His sister in-law; Brenda of Fitzwilliam. His adoring grandchildren; Alex Hanninen and Tia Dallas of Westmoreland. His nieces and nephews; Lee Hanninen, Russell Hanninen, Liisa Hamelin, John Wilder, Beth Grimmett, Sarah Hanninen and Katie Hanninen. William is pre-deceased by his brother John “Hank” Hanninen who passed earlier.
In keeping with William’s request there are no formal religious services. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 1 to 3pm. in the funeral chapel. Military honors will be given at 2pm. Burial will be private. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family has requested that donations be made in memory of William Hanninen to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS. 66675-8517. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com