SANDWICH – Edward D. "Duke" Fanning, 81, of Sandwich, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 21, 1932, in Sandwich, the son of Edward D. and Frances (Bruehl) Fanning Sr. He married Janet Wesson on Sept. 3, 1952, in Sandwich. Duke was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church for his entire life and a VFW
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War
. Duke was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. He worked as a carpenter for several local construction companies before retiring from Waubonsee Community College in 1996. Duke's greatest love was his family.
He is survived by his wife of 61 loving years, Janet, of Sandwich; his children, Mark (Diane Germaine) Fanning of Glen Ellyn, and their children, Ryan (Heather) and Molly; one great-grandson, Carey Edward Fanning; Nancy (Charles) Knight of Crystal Lake and their children, Capt. Joseph, of the U.S. Army; Thomas and Kathryn (Andrew) Hamilton; Judy (Craig) James of Arvada, Colo., and their children, Mietra and Sadie; Diane (Brian) Moore of Naperville and their children, Meghan and Jack; Amy (Michael) Weger of Bloomington, Ind., and their children, Max, Sam and Colin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandwich with Father Andrew Hougan officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home in Sandwich with a prayer service being recited at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the Open Door Rehabilitation Center or Hospice VNA. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.eighnerfuneralhomes.com.
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