Obituary: William John Dannenberg, FEB. 9, 1932 – MARCH 31, 2020

William John Dannenberg
Posted: Apr. 2, 2020 8:35 am

William John Dannenberg, 88, of Hannibal and formerly of Stilwell, Oklahoma, passed away at 10:56 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.

Due to the restrictions for public gathering caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, there will be no services at this time. A memorial service will be held later.

The family wishes to thank all their friends and family for their love and support at this time. Please feel free to send a card or note to the family directly or through the funeral home.

Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.

William was born February 9, 1932, in Stilwell, Oklahoma, to Thomas Nathan Dannenberg and Beulah Hatchet Dannenberg.

He was married to Ruby Lee Ballentine on May 19, 1962, in Carbondale, Illinois. She preceded him in death on January 19, 2010.

Survivors include one son, Christopher Sean Dannenberg of Hannibal, one granddaughter, Julia Louise Dannenberg and one nephew, Thomas Welch Dannenberg.

William is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Thomas Lou Dannenberg, Welch Mattox and one sister, Geneva Allen.

William served his country proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

Professionally William was a teacher. He taught many students in English and drama at the high school and college levels and substitute taught at Louisiana Elementary School in Louisiana, Mo.

William enjoyed being outdoors to take in God’s creation, he loved to feed the squirrels and birds that visited his yard. Painting nature was a hobby that William took pleasure in along with fishing adventures with his family. A lover of animals, William loved his pets over the years, especially recently his dogs, Alvin and Daisy. The Colorado mountains, his Miata convertible sports car and classical music were a few of William’s favorites. Most of all he simply treasured the moments he shared with his family and friends.

William was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church of Hannibal.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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