Bill Fanning Taught Industrial Arts and Building Trades for 37 Years

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William McDoll "Bill" Fanning taught industrial trades and building for 37 years. He coached Little League Baseball for many years in Saline and was a supporter of all athletics, especially when family members were participants.

William McDoll "Bill" Fanning, age 72, passed away on Dec. 27, 2013. He was born in Monroe, Mich., the son of Jesse and Mabel (Schroeder) Fanning.

Bill received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from EMU in Industrial Arts. He was an accomplished athlete at Ida High School and played football for three years at EMU. He married Olivia (Sample) on August 8, 1964. Bill taught Industrial Arts and Building Trades in Wayne-Westland for 37 ½ years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor.

Bill was a talented craftsman, water colorist, avid reader, and golfer. He coached Little League Baseball for many years in Saline and was a supporter of all athletics, especially when family members were participants.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Shawn (Michael) LaRose; son, Grant (Andrea) Fanning; three grandchildren, William and Peter LaRose and Sophia Fanning; also sister Marilee Ball and brother Robert Fanning. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard Fanning.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or Alzheimer’s Association. A Memorial Service will take place at a later date.