By Kim Swindell Wood | September 30, 2017 1:03 pm
Ron Fanning, who was born Feb. 14, 1942, and departed his life on Sept. 26, 2017, was a doer, never content to just sit still. He was meticulous and organized, and these served him well.
He joined the USAF at 19. After training, he was assigned to Barksdale AFB, in Louisiana, only to be sent to Homestead AFB, south of Miami, to wait on the missiles to come from Cuba. Fortunately for our country, we avoided nuclear war.
Mr. Fanning was a quick learner, and soon the Air Force saw his potential and began training him for every job possible in his career field. He was quickly promoted and served in Vietnam through the cold war. He was invaluable in Europe and trained many of the elite airmen that go to forward operating bases.
In Germany, he met a fellow airman, Jeanne, and married while stationed there. Mr. Fanning retired from the military, in Greece, and went on to work in the private sector for another 20 years. His experience and knowledge made him a great asset wherever he worked.
Mr. Fanning was the son of James and Emma Fanning and had two older brothers, Bill and Jimmy, who also served.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jeanne Fanning. He had six children, Keith, LeAnn, Ron, Kate, Andrew and Sarah. He had six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
We will miss his kindness and generous heart.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Sept. 30, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.