William “Bill” Hanes passed away on December 27, 2021 at his home with his wife Irene by his side after a short battle with cancer. He was born December 4, 1943 in Havana, Illinois to Hathaway and Mable Hanes.
Bill was an avid and accomplished drag racer, winning several IHRA and NHRA events. He was the 1973 NHRA Superstock World Champion. He and his wife Irene campaigned drag cars for several years together. Bill was a veteran, serving his country in the Army. Bill retired from the State of Michigan MDOT after a successful career of 35 years after working his way up to supervisor of statewide pump house maintenance.
Bill and his wife Irene were together for 57 years, even building their own house together. He had a great love for animals, especially dogs and had several rescue dogs over the years. Fred is their latest rescue dog.
Bill is survived by his wife Irene; cousins Murray Hanes and Leora Laylin; nephew David Hanes and niece Susan Schumacher. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Hanes.
Family will welcome friends for visitation on Monday, January 3, 2022 from 2:00-4:00PM and 6:00-8:00PM at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw Street, Lansing. A service will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 1:00PM at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden, Lansing, following the service.
The family is requiring that masks be worn for visitation and the service.
“In Lieu of flowers, tell your family and friends you love them and hug them daily. This world needs more people who genuinely and openly care.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Capital Area Humane Society and the Drag Racing Association of Women, P.O. Box 365, Danvers, IL 61732.