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Bill Hanmer, Early Leader of ABC, Passes Away

The homegoing of William “Bill” Hanmer Jr. on Friday, September 7, 2012 concludes a chapter in the history of Appalachian Bible College. Bill and his first wife Jean joined the Appalachian Bible Institute family in the spring of 1954, four years after ABI began. Jean’s deep concern for others led her to serve as school nurse, while Bill served in administrative leadership and in the classroom. For over 20 years Mr. Hanmer had a significant impact in the lives of students and the growth of ABC. The Hanmer Dining Room in ABC’s Servant Center is a daily reminder of God’s faithfulness to ABC through Bill Hanmer’s life.

Mr. Hanmer’s obituary in the Lebanon (PA) Daily News reads as follows.

MANHEIM William L. "Bill" Hanmer, Jr., 84, of Manheim, died on Friday, September 7, 2012, at his home. He was born on Sunday, April 22, 1928, to the late William L. Hanmer, Sr. and Dorothy Hanmer nee Nunemaker in Harrisburg. He was a member of Community Bible Church. He worked as a minister and loved studying and accounting. Bill was also one of the original faculty at Appalachian Bible College in Bradley, W.Va. Surviving are wife, Lois Hanmer nee Wegner of Manheim; daughters, Tamara Hendrix of Georgia, and Pamela, spouse of Joe Ruberg of Indiana; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Tucker Hanmer. Viewing will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 9 to 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 20 Linden Road, Lebanon. Funeral services will be on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Memory Gardens, Ephrata, following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Furthering Fellowship, 221 Hamilton Ave., Myerstown, PA 17067. Christman's Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the family with the arrangements. Published in Lebanon Daily News on September 9, 2012

Further remembrances of Bill Hanmer’s ministry with ABC will be included in the Fall/Winter issue of Introspect.

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