Walter David Hanisch
Nov 8, 1920 - Dec 23, 2015
Walter David Hanisch, a native of Roseville, California, age 95, born November 8, 1920; son of Walter and Isabel Hanisch, and beloved husband of the late Frances Hanisch passed away on December 23, 2015
Mr. Hanisch began his life-long telephone career as a young man with Roseville Telephone Company; serving that company for eighteen years. He next was Assistant General manager for the Western Telephone Company and Continental Telephone Company at Garborville, California for seventeen years. He served as an Engineer for Continental Telephone Company at Gilroy, California for nine years until his retirement when he and Frances moved to Rocklin, California.
He served our Country with distinction and honor for three years with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the European Theater during World War II. He helped provide for essential communication using the many skills he learned at Roseville Telephone Company.
He served as Assistant Fire Chief for the Roseville Fire Department. He was a Director of the Redway, California Fire Protection District and the Redway Water District of Redway, California.
His Masonic affiliations are many and his dedicated service for more than 66 years is legendary; including his strong leadership roles and his quiet, yet extremely essential and effective behind-the-scenes support.
A member of the Order of DeMolay as a youth, he received the DeMolay Legion of Honor designation as an adult. He has played an active role in DeMolay since 1935.
He was a member of Roseville Lodge No. 222, Free and Accepted Masons and Eel River Empire Lodge No. 147, Garborville where served as Master in 1971.
He was an active member of many York Rite Bodies including the Cryptic Council No. 54 of Select Masons; Delta Chapter No. 27, Royal Arch Masons; and Auburn Commandery No. 52, Knights Templar. Additional York Rite Bodies in which he was active include: Golden Redwood Priory #82 Knight York Cross of Honor; Holy Royal Arch knight Templar Priests; Cross and Crown Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine of Folsom; and the Sierra Allied Masonic Degrees.
Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies honored him with the designation of Knight Commander Court of honor. He has been a strong supporter of the Scottish Rite Language Clinic for Children.
A member of Ben Ali Temple Shriners, Sacramento, he is a past President of the Northern California Past Masters Unit. He is a strong supporter of the Shriners Hospital Northern California and has sponsored several children for treatment; thus changing their lives for the better.
He is a member or Rose chapter No. 292, Order of Eastern Star in Roseville.
He and Frances actively served the Rainbow for Girls for many years as adult leaders and strongly supported Job’s Daughters as well.
He is a member of the Pioneer Telephone Club of Los Gatos, CA.
Walter David Hanisch, a man who spent his life in service to others, made a difference in the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
He will be missed.
Services will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 2:00pm at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, under the auspices of Roseville Lodge No. 222, Free and Accepted Masons. Burial will take place at Roseville District Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California Unit, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
East Lawn Mortuary Chapel
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841