William George Lahnen, 85 years old of Portland, New York passed away after a brief illness late Saturday evening January 24, 2015.
He was born on August 16, 1929 in Laona, New York, to the late Harry Lahnen and Marjorie Clark.
He has been an area resident for most of his life. After graduating from Fredonia High School, he attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Bill was first employed for Ehmke Well Drilling and then worked at Great Lakes Color Printing for 33 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church of Brocton, New York. Besides his family, Bill had a great love of traveling having visited 49 of the 50 United States during his lifetime.
He is survived by five sons, William G. (Nancy) Lahnen II, of Lakewood New York, Steven (Debra) Lahnen of Brocton, New York, Kevin (Debbie) Lahnen of West Seneca, New York, Patrick Lahnen of Brocton, New York and Thomas (Tammy) Lahnen of Silver Creek, New York, one daughter, Sharon (Terry) Abram of Brocton, New York, 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, one step‑sister, Barbara Weeks of Alabama and one step‑brother of Florida.
He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years Janet whom he had married on February 12, 1949 and who passed away on September 29, 2013, one son, Charles E. Lahnen, who passed away in 1993, and one granddaughter, Christina Lahnen, who passed away in 1987.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday morning, January 31 at 10 a.m. from St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church of Brocton, New York where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Walter. Interment will be private at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at The Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. in Brocton, New York from 4‑8 p.m. on Friday, January 30. The family requests Memorials in Bill's honor be made to the Portland Emergency Squad, 6481 West Main Rd. Portland, New York 14769 and/or The Portland Evergreen Cemetery Association, c/o Jerry Boltz, 8831 Onthank Road, Portland, New York. 14769.