William "Bill" R. Hahn, 76, of Collins, died early Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2007, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 18, 1931, in Cleveland and was a lifelong area resident. He was a graduate of Townsend High School in 1949. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a farmer, and had worked for Rotary printing, worked in construction and for General Telephone. He was currently self employed blacksmith and machine repairman. He served 44 years with Townsend Township Volunteer Fir Department, was a Townsend Township trustee for 16 years, and was on the Huron County Board of Health for 3 1/2 years, and the Huron County Ag Heritage Committee for 31 years. He was a member of Collins United Methodist Church. He was a member and past Master of East Townsend Masonic Lodge F&AM being raised in 1958. He was a member of Althea Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Northern Ohio Blacksmith's Association (NOB), Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association, Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America, Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil, Wakeman American Legion, Huron County Firefighters Association, and the Northwest Ohio Firefighters Association.
He was Western Reserve Ruritan Man of the year in 1996 for community service. He was a demonstrator at the Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil (SOFA) Blacksmith conference and also demonstrator of Blacksmithing at Erie and Huron County Fairs, Pioneer Days, Lime Village, local schools and many other locations throughout the area. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and growing sunflowers and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years Virginia M. (Cawrse) Hahn of Collins; by his sons, Robert W. (Rozetta Bee) Hahn of Beaver Dam, Wis., and Michael K. (Laura A.) Hahn of Collins; and by four grandchildren, Bradley and Stephen of Collins and Alex and Ginger of Beaver Dam.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William F. Hahn in 1971 and Gertrude (Bluhm) Hahn in 1985.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday in Norwalk First United Methodist Church, 60 W. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Dr. Roger E. Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in Collins Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the interment at Townsend Township Townhall.
Memorial gifts may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Townsend Volunteer Fire Department; the Blacksmith (NOB) scholarship; Collins United Methodist Church Fund; or to the donor's favorite charity.
Condolences may be sent to edwalkerfunerahome.com.
Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, is in charge of arrangements.