Bill Hans

Bill D. Hans, 80, of Madison, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at King's Daughters' Hospital.

He was born March 2, 1934, in Madison, to John Clifford and Dora Elizabeth Crutchlow Hans. He was a graduate of Dupont Manual High School in Louisville, Ky. He attended the University of Louisville, where he studied music theory and choral conducting, and Hanover College, where he studied organ under Ruth Graham and Harold Morrison. He attended numerous conferences for church musicians, at sites such as the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Houston, Texas and National City Church (Disciples of Christ) in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1996 as an assistant vice president for the former Madison Bank & Trust Company, where he had been employed since 1951, serving as the Hanover branch manager for many years. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He was certified as a master gardener through the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. He was a church organist for more than 60 years, locally serving in that capacity at First Baptist and Hanover Presbyterian churches, and as church organist and choir director at Christ Episcopal Church, Madison First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Madison Presbyterian Church. He also was the organist for 10 years for Sunday afternoon services at Madison State Hospital. For many years, he was the staff organist for the Lytle Funeral Chapel, a position he held at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Peggy" McMurray Becker Hans; one step daughter, Christine Gower of Howell, Mich.; one step son, Ted Becker of East Lansing, Mich.; one sister, Ellen Trowbridge of Columbus; five grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Richard G. Hans, who died Dec. 13, 2011.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.

Friends and family may call at the Lytle Funeral Chapel Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Christ Episcopal Church or the River Valley Resources Clearinghouse Project. Contributions can be made through the funeral home, and envelopes will also be available at the church.

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