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Warren A. Fanning

March 11, 1940 - October 28, 2019

Warren A. FanningWarren Albert Fanning known to most as “Bert”, 79, passed away on Monday, October 28 in Salem, Oregon.  He was born on March 11, 1940 in Salem, OR to the late Warren and Marjorie Fanning. 
He graduated from South Salem High School in 1958 and enrolled in college at Oregon State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1962.  During his college years he enlisted in the Oregon National Guard and served 8 years.  He met the love of his life Carol Ramsden during high school and they were reconnected at Oregon State.  Shortly after their days at Oregon State they married and built a wonderful life over the next 55 years. 
Bert went to work for Willamette Industries and spent his 37 year professional career with them until he retired in 2000 as the Human Resource Manager.
In Bert’s free time, when he wasn’t watching his two daughters growing up playing softball, you could find him umpiring at the Little League ball fields, golfing at Illahe Hills Country Club, or at the Albany Gun Club shooting trap.  Bert was an unbelievable shot and won countless tournaments throughout the West.  In 2002 Bert was inducted into the PITA Pacific International Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame for his dominance in the sport.  When Bert wasn’t at the ball fields or at the gun club, he could be found vacationing with his family.  Cabo San Lucas became a frequent and consistent home away from home where he and the family built many, long lasting relationships from all over the U.S.  As the grandkids started getting involved in athletics, Bert could be found in the stands rooting on his grandsons and granddaughters.  He was their biggest fan!
Bert connected with people everywhere he went. His friendly personality, quick wit, and his storytelling ability always captured an audience.
A truly loving father, husband, and grandfather who is survived by his wife Carol Fanning of Salem; his daughter, Rachael Holmdahl of Snohomish, WA; son-in-law, Kurt Holmdahl, his two grandsons, Colton and Colby Holmdahl also of Snohomish, WA; daughter Kelly Manzeck of Scottsdale, AZ;  son-in-law, Kevin Manzeck and his two granddaughters Kaylee and Kenadie Manzeck also of Scottsdale, AZ. 
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 12 at 10 a.m. at Virgil T. Golden 605 Commercial St SE Salem, OR 97301.  Please join the family for a reception immediately following at Illahe Hills Country Club 3376 Country Club Rd. S Salem, OR 97302.

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I have known Bert for over 20 years, meeting him on a family trip from Minnesota to Cabo.  We shared many Cabo sunrises over the years, along with my kids, watching those sunrises from the time my kids were babies through teenagers.  I always looked forward to my annual trips to Cabo & spending time with him & his amazing wife, Carol.  Bert always had a smile on his face, a cigar in the early years, & the best stores to share.  Bert & Carol also became special friends with my mom, brother, sister & their families.  We were all like one big Cabo family!  When I visited Portland for a business trip, they took me out to dinner, teasing each other about who was the worse driver, laughing the entire time!  I will miss those times, but I know that your family, especially Carol, your wonderful daughters, Rachel & Kelly, & your grandchildren, will miss you even more.  I am heart broken that I will not see you again in this life Bert.  Rest in peace my friend, until we see each other again with the Lord!  God bless!  

Ken Palattao

Carol, Rachel & Kelly, your loss is so big.  I'm sad beyond words. Hoping it will help a little to know how much we care about all of you. Thoughts, prayers & hugs.

Kathy Palattao

We will surely miss our "Cabo Buddy" of almost 20 years. Our condolences to the wonderful family he leaves behind.
Jim & Midge