Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Richard C. "Dick" Fahncke, 86, Wapakoneta, died at 3:25 p.m. May 25, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 25, 1928, in Celina, to Otto Martin Fahncke and Eda Christine Kable, who preceded him in death.
On Sept. 2, 1950, he married Rosalyn (Rosie) M. Uppenkamp, who survives in Wapakoneta.
Survivors include seven children, Keith (Diane) Fahncke and Ronald (Therese) Fahncke, both of Wapakoneta, Bob (Jayne) Fahncke, Miamisburg, Larry (Lisa) Fahncke, Wapakoneta, Lisa (Steve) Merkle, London, Kathy Fahncke, Indianapolis, Ind., and Amy (David) Schlenker, Wapakoneta; 17 grandchildren, Justin (Wendi), Trent (Brandi), and Nathan Fahncke, Adam and Seth Fahncke, Ryan (Jessica), B.J. (Rachael), and Brittany (fiancé Reid Bowles) Fahncke, Shannon and Kyle Merkle, Bailey Williams and Kalia, Kurt, Caleb, Zachary, Heidi and Zoey Schlenker; five stepgrandchildren, Summer Schlosser, Haley (Rodney) Siebeneck, Adam (Jill) Turner, Sarah (fiancé Jason Spraley) Stechman and Danielle Meier; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Martin Fahncke; and three sisters, Anna Brandt, Celesta Howell and Marcella Werner.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy K. Fahncke, a great-grandson, Cooper James Fahncke; two brothers, Kenneth and Luther; and two sisters, Lauretta and Wanda.
He was a member of the U.S. Army during post-World War II, stationed in Japan under General MacArthur. He retired from Excello after 25 years of service. A lifelong farmer, he enjoyed time spent working in the fields in the combine and on the tractor. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed woodworking as a master carver. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family at gatherings.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, the Rev. Daniel Hunt officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites performed by VFW Post 8445.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Farmers Feeding the World or to the St. Joseph Renovation Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schlosserfuneralhome.com.