William Lee Lannin

February 17, 1939 - June 26, 2016
Traverse Ctiy, MI



Wednesday, July 13, 2016
11:00 AM EDT
Traverse City Life Story Funeral Home
Traverse City Location
752 Munson Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-9034

The family will greet friends starting at 10:30 am.

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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

AC Paw
P.O. Box 94
Acme, MI 49610
(231) 587-0738
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Save the Children
501 Kings Hwy, Suite 400
Fairfield, CT 06825

1.800.728.3843 (8:00am-5:00pm EST, M-F)
email supportercare@savechildren.org

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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-5761
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Flower Station
341 W. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-1742
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Life Story / Obituary


TRAVERSE CITY - William Lee Lannin, age 77, of Traverse City, passed away suddenly at home on June 26, 2016.

Bill was born on February 17,1939 in Traverse City, the son of the late Harold and Edna (Goddard) Lannin. He attended Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland under the GI Bill. Bill married his wife of 55 years, Lois, on April 5, 1961, in Annapolis Maryland, after a whirlwind romance.

Bill was a 10-year veteran of the U. S. Army, joining at age 17. He served at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D. C., as well as in Korea and the Panama Canal Zone. He was a tank driver in Korea and loved to tell tales about his tank-driving prowess. He re-enlisted and trained as a electronics specialist, a choice that would stand him in good stead in his civilian career.

Bill worked for the Federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C as a communication specialist for over 30 years retiring at the age of 55. In February 1994, Lois and Bill moved to Traverse City. Enjoying his time on the water, Bill loved to go fishing and boating. He also loved golfing and was an avid movie fan, attending every Tuesday. Bill was a member of the Michigan Keeshond Rescue and would transport rescued dogs throughout Michigan to their forever homes.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lois (Stockett) Lannin and numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Edna Lannin.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 13th, at Life Story Funeral Home. The family will greet friends starting at 10:30 am. William was a participant in the organ donor program through the Gift of Life.

Contributions can be made in Bill's name to AC Paws of Traverse City.

Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guest book and share a message with his family.