LeRoy Fanning was born March 31, 1927, in Great Falls, MT. At an early age, the family came to Washington and he was raised and attended school in Vancouver, WA. He joined the Merchant Marines to "see the world" and married his wife of 60 years, Charmaine Reymond, in 1950. He worked for Alcoa Vancouver Works until he entered the U.S. Army in 1950, and he served two years in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He returned and transferred to Alcoa's Wenatchee Works in January of 1953, retiring in 1993. They resided in East Wenatchee and raised their family of one son and two daughters. The family enjoyed horses and was very active in Appleatchee Riders and 4-H Clubs. In retirement, he worked for Dovex Fruit Co., which he enjoyed. He also enjoyed fishing with his daughter and grandsons and would go as often as he could.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Charleen Fulbright; son, Dana; infant grandson, Christopher; and six brothers. Surviving are his wife, Charmaine; daughter, Cindy Sandhop (Carl); son-in-law, Jay Fulbright (Laura); one brother, Ronald of Lynnwood, WA; and sister, Evelyn Buddle of New Jersey. He's also survived by his grandsons, Zachary Troxler of the U.S. Navy, Everett, Chad Fanning of Bremerton, Cameron Fulbright of Wenatchee and Geoff Bailey of Wenatchee; and one granddaughter, Jordyn Bailey of Wenatchee.
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to all who had a part in his care and their compassion, especially Dr. Julie Smith and Dr. Jay Gorham, their nurses and hospice volunteers, Mark and Claudia.
Private Family Inurnment will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the M.S. Society, Inland Northwest Chapter, 818 East Sharp, Spokane, WA 99202. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.