Earl "Ken" Kenneth Fancher, Jr.
February 6, 1931 - February 28, 2016
Earl “Ken” Kenneth Fancher Jr.
February 6th 1931-February 28th 2016
Earl was born February 6th 1931 in Syracuse NY to Earl Kenneth Fancher Sr. and Marie Louise (Morris). He died peacefully on February 28th 2016 in Salem Or, in the presence of family who loved and cared for him.
Earl had fond memories of his early childhood in the countryside of depression-era upstate New York. His family settled in Mattydale, where Earl graduated from North Syracuse High School. Earl joined the Navy at age 18, and served on the USS Shelton and the USS Cotten, both destroyers, from 1949-1953.
He eventually traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe while working on government contracts, serving alongside NATO forces.
He especially enjoyed living in Germany, where he embraced the culture, learned to speak the language fluently, and met the love of his life, Anna Katharina Brandmueller (Anka). Earl and Anka were married, started their family in Germany, then lived with their children Judith and Daniel in various parts of the US and Germany, finally settling in Salem Or.
Earl had a passion for history, was an avid reader, and inspired his family with visits to medieval castles, European cathedrals, and civil war battlefield sites.
He also enjoyed visits to natural parks and backyard barbeques with his friends and family. He was a loving “Opa” to his grandchildren and a caring provider to his family.
He lived a fulfilled and blessed life with his wife of 48 years, his daughter Judith Fancher and partner Hans Platz of Germany, son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Jeannie Fancher and their children Serena and husband Rudy Miller, Keegan, Grace and Tristan Fancher of Idaho. He will be missed by family and friends alike.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Gerald.
He is survived by his immediate family and his siblings, sister Jeanne, brother William, and brother Calvin.
Funeral Service will be Friday, March 4th 12:00pm at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 4227 Lone Oak Rd SE, Salem Or.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, Tokarski House, 1015 3rd St NW, Salem Or 97304.