HAMPDEN – Roger William Hannemann passed away peacefully August 5th, 2014 with his family by his side. Born July 16, 1925 to Marion M. Hannemann and Paul E. Hannemann in Bangor, Maine. Roger grew up in a home on the banks of the Penobscot River in Hampden, Maine. Roger spent his youth hiking, canoeing and fishing with his grandfather and friends in the Big Lake and Kathadin regions. One fall trip became more of an adventure then expected as he and a friend found themselves 100 miles from home, the streams freezing up around them, a hard paddle, but they made it!
First attending Hampden Maine schools from kindergarten through seventh grade and then off to Bangor High School for years eight through twelve. Roger attended the University of Maine from 1942 to 1945 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical Engineering. He then contributed to the war effort working in the construction of airbases in Maine- including Owls Head.
Roger worked for several major corporations involving industrial lubrication, temperature controls, building automation, and fire and security system design. He liked to solve problems in work and life. Then with a friend he co-founded K&H Controls, a wholesale building control company which they ran until they both retired.
Roger had many interests. His greatest was flying, which he often referred to as the “second love of his life”. He held single engine Commercial and Instrument ratings. In his own Cessna Skyhawk he gave many children their first taste of flying through the Young Eagles program held at Owls Head airport. Those who flew with him would have to agree he was a consummate pilot. Other interests enjoyed were his vegetable garden and collecting and polishing semiprecious stones.
Masonry was an important part of Roger’s life holding the title of Master of Joseph Warren Lodge in Boston, Massachuetts for the years of 1967, 1968, as well as 1978. He also attained the title of District Deputy Grand Master for the Boston 1st in 1973 and 1974. He retained his membership in the Grand Lodge of MA. Until his passing.
Retiring to Maine Roger affiliated with Orient Lodge of Masons #15 in Thomaston. There he was installed as it’s Master in 1986 and continued as it’s Secretary from 1988 to 2006 making for a total of 19 years. Roger’s mastery in all things Masonic were looked upon with respect and appreciation for all that he offered to the craft.
Roger will also be remembered for his love of animals. There had to be many wagging tail’s to greet him upon his arrival into Heaven.
Many were touched by Roger’s acts of kindness throughout the years .. One of Roger’s favorite quotes..
As the Yogi said… “Those that knows, knows, and those that don’t, don’t care”And yes, he had a great sense of humor always having a joke or a story at the ready.
Roger is survived by his wife of 66 years- Marion N. Hannemann of Camden, Maine. His son Paul T. and wife Catherine J. Hannemann of St. George, and his niece Jennifer J. and husband Lawrence D. Cutter of New Paltz, New York.
A service to Honor Roger’s life will be announced by the family at a later date.
Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to the Shriners 100 million dollar club C/O The Mid Coast Shrine Club, P.O. Box 363, Jefferson, Maine 04348 or to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County , P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, Maine 04841 or a charity of one’s choice.
You are invited to share your condolences, memories with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com. Hall’s of Thomaston, 78 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine is caring for the family.