William “Bill” Edward Danhauer Jr.


William “Bill” Edward Danhauer Jr., 94, passed away March 6 at his home surrounded by family. He was born Jan. 20, 1927, the fourth of six sons, to the late William E. Danhauer, Sr. and Freda Elizabeth Schmitt.

Bill graduated from St. Frances Academy in Owensboro and then immediately joined the Navy during WWII. After the war he graduated from Louisville Pharmacy School, which would later become UK Pharmacy School. In 1950 he returned to Owensboro to join his father, Wm. Sr., and brother, James, at Danhauer Drugs where he remained active in the business for 70 years. He married the late Anna Jean Graf that same year.
Bill was very active in Kiwanis, serving as president for several years and also served on the KY State Board of Health. He has been active in his faith community at St. Stephen Cathedral serving on numerous committees, parish council, and other ministries.
He was fond of working with miniatures and modeling, enjoyed boating, travel, and gardening, especially working with roses.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James, Charles, Norbert, Thomas and Fr. Richard Danhauer, and most recently by his wife of 70 years, Jean.

He is survived by his seven children, Kathryn (Allen) Wolsing, Mary Danhauer, Freda (Thomas) Ruby, Nancy (Steve) Velotta, David (Karen) Danhauer, Jeff (Jennifer) Danhauer, and Chris (Joe) Schepers; 21 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren.

Services were held, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Carmel Home; 2501 Old Hartford Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303. Envelopes for the Carmel Home along with Mass envelopes will be available.

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