William F McNabney

December 11, 1922October 26, 2013

WILLIAM F. McNABNEY, Ed.D Dr. William F. McNabney, age 90, a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region died on October 26, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rose Ellen (nee Cubit) McNabney, son Mark William McNabney, granddaughter Ashley Marie McNabney and brother James E. (Margaret) McNabney; nephews Tim (Lorrie) McNabney, James M. (Nadia) McNabney, Thomas E. (Rosemary) Cubit II; niece Joy McNabney (Jeff) Main; grand nephews Sean McNabney, Evan and Miles Main, James S. McNabney, Thomas E. (Julie) Cubit III and David (Shannon) Cubit; grand nieces Madeline and Jocelyne McNabney; and many great-grand nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by parents Bland and Sylvia (Miller) McNabney, brother Leland P. McNabney and his wife Lorraine, brothers in-law Thomas Cubit and his wife Julia, and John Cubit. After graduating from the Hammond Schools, Dr. McNabney served in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in World War II earning Battle Stars in the Campaigns of Sicily and Italy. After the war he enrolled in Indiana University where he earned his Bachelors, Masters, and in 1969 his Doctorate Degree. He completed additional graduate work at the University of Chicago, and Loyola University, Purdue University, Calumet College of St. Joseph, and South Suburban College in South Holland, IL. In 1950, he began teaching at Irving Jr. High School in Hammond and in 1953 at Hammond High School, where he served as Chairman of the Social Studies Department and as a guidance counselor for the class of 1964. n 1965, he was appointed Assistant Principal. In 1966 he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Personnel for the Hammond Public Schools. From 1971 he served as Director of Guidance and Testing until his retirement in 1987. In 1978 Dr. McNabney became a Director of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hammond/Highland and advanced to Vice President in 1987. He was elected Chairman of the Board in June of 1990 and served as Chairman and Vice President until his retirement in 2013. Dr. McNabney was elected Worshipful Master of McKinley Masonic Lodge No. 712 F&AM of Hammond in 1979, and was appointed Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of the State of Indiana in 1982-1983. He served as High Priest of Hammond Chapter #117, Royal Arch Masons of the York Rite Masons and held membership in the Hammond Council # 90 Royal and Select Masters of the York Rite and in the Hammond Commandry #41 Knights Templar. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend. He was a member of the Orak Temple Drum and Bugle Corps and the Motor Patrol of the Ancient Accepted Order of the Mystic Shrine. He held membership in many educational, Masonic and service organizations. Dr. McNabney authored several historical books including “A History of Hammond High School”, “A History of McKinley Masonic Lodge”, “A History of the Regional Federal Credit Union”, “A History of First Federal S&L of Hammond”, and “A History of VFW Post 717 of St. John”. Friends may pay their respects at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Avenue, Schererville, IN from 3:00-8:00 PM Friday, November 1, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home with Deacon Phil Muvich of the St. Maria Goretti Parish of Dyer, IN presiding.


  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Mark Mangus

March 14, 2014

Dr. McNabney was by far the best teacher I ever had...that includes university teachers as well. He was a great man.

December 20, 2013

Treasure the times in Dr McNabney's history class. He was a great teacher.

D Deavours

Richard Barnes, Ph.D.

November 3, 2013

From the Hammond High Class of 1959, we send our best wishes and thanks for having Bill McNabney as a major part of our educational experience. He was a great teacher, a gifted scholar, and community historian.
We invited Bill to attend our 50th class reunion in 2009 but he politely declined due to his poor health. In visiting with him on the phone, however, he was still very encouraging and shared some of this academic adventures while on staff at HHS.
He was an outstanding Mason and cataloged much of the Masonic history and their contribution to Hammond. We will be posting a tribute to Dr. McNabney at:, a pictorial history HHS, and downtown Hammond.
Richard Barnes, Ph.D.
Hammond, Indiana

Photo: McNabney on the far left - Irving School, 1952

Lisa Pallotto

November 2, 2013

My sincerest condolences to Rose and the McNabney family. Bill was a great neighbor and friend. With every visit, Bill always had a compelling story to tell about his youth, career, or military service. He lived a full life and touched so many others. I was glad to know him. May he rest in peace.

November 2, 2013

Our condolences to the family. Both products of Hammond High, WWII, and a good friend. Appreciate the efforts of teaching history with bicycle trips through Europe etc. In addition to academic accomplishments Bill was good working with his hands, worked in the steel mill summers and it was my privilege to together reconstruct a garage on a home that he previously built.
Sorry to have received the news of his passing after the funeral. He was a good person. Bill Freeman (Kalamazoo, MI)

Kathleen (Boyle) Schultz

November 1, 2013

It was my pleasure to have had Mr. McNabney at Hammond High for Social Studies. He was awesome. He was my favorite teacher at HHS and really convinced me that Maybe I should think about teaching.i then did decide to teach and taught in Hammond for 44 years. He was so interesting, fair, kind and compassionate. What a great gentleman. Please accept my sympathy on your loss

John Sheridan

November 1, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.


November 1, 2013

My condolences to all family members. Dr. McNabney was such a colorful personality. He was one of my teachers at Hammond High and the sponsor for the Crescent City Jazz Club -- took us to see Ray Charles! And I remember him tinkering with the train at the Kiddie Land in Merrillville! He is fondly remembered by many former students.


November 1, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Sandi Osteen Estep

October 31, 2013

Dr. McNabney was my high school history teacher. He made history come alive with all his stories about sitting in a fox hole in WWII. He carried a little transistor radio with him. Although against the rules, he tuned-in so we could hear about the first capsule in space. When I became a teacher in Hammond, I was proud that we became friends. You always remember the good teachers who shaped and influenced our live and he was one of the best! RIP, my friend.