DELAVAN – William (Bill) Daniel Hanchette of Delavan, Wisconsin passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019. He was born on April 18, 1931 in Watertown, NY to the late Quinn and Monica (Walsh) Hanchette. He married the love of his life Shirley (McCarthy) Hanchette on March 9, 1951 in Brownville, NY. Bill and Shirley had ten children. He served in the United States Army in Korea. He attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and was part of the very first class to graduate from this new Jesuit college in 1954 with a degree in Industrial Relations.
He worked as an analyst with Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut after which he began a long career in the paper industry in upstate New York and Minnesota. He helped Kikkoman Foods in Walworth, Wisconsin plan and launch its first site in the USA and then worked as an independent business consultant for the last several years of his professional career. After his professional career he worked part-time for many years at the Geneva Lakes Kennel Club.
He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic church in Delavan and was a committed volunteer at a local host location for Spirit of Hope Homeless Shelter. Bill had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved spending time in the Adirondacks of New York and later the woods of northern Wisconsin where many tall tales were told at hunting camps. He passed on his love of the woods and lakes to his children and the family’s original cottage on Lake Ontario is on its 6th generation of Hanchette family members spending time there.
Bill is survived by children Mike (Pam) Hanchette, Steve (Carol) Hanchette, Kathy Cascanet, Mary (Jim) Brellenthin, Paul (Rodger) Hanchette, Peggy Byrd, Janet (Dennis) Trombley, Billy (Kathy) Hanchette, Tom (Bridget) Hanchette, Lisa (Mark) Hanchette; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; his brothers Jim (Adaire) Hanchette and John Hanchette. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, and one grandchild Whitney.
The family wishes to thank the numerous health care professionals that cared for him particularly these last several weeks including Dr. Poplar and the staff at Delavan Health Services and St. Croix Hospice. The work these wonderful people do is important, difficult, and thankless at times. Please know that your work is so appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Spirit of Hope Homeless Shelter: http://spiritofhopeshelter.org/
Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 714 E. Walworth Ave in Delavan. Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. Monroe Funeral Home in Delavan is assisting the family. Please visit us at delavanfuneralhome.com