Richard C. "Dick" Fahncke, 86

Richard C. “Dick” Fahncke, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 3:25 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1928 in Celina, to Otto Martin Fahncke & Eda Christine Kable who preceded him in death.

On Sept. 2, 1950, he married Rosalyn (Rosie) M. Uppenkamp, and she survives in Wapakoneta.

Survivors include seven children Keith (Diane) Fahncke and Ronald (Therese) Fahncke, both of Wapakoneta, Bob (Jayne) Fahncke of Miamisburg, Larry (Lisa) Fahncke, also of Wapakoneta, Lisa (Steve) Merkle, of London, Ohio, Kathy Fahncke, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Amy (David) Schlenker, of 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 step-grandchildren 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.

Dick was a member of the U.S. Army during post WWII stationed in Japan under General Mac-Arthur.  He retired from Excello after 25 years of service.  He was a lifelong farmer who 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 is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta with Father Daniel Hunt officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites performed by the V.F.W. Post #8445.  Friends may call from 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.

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