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FANNING WILLIAM M. FANNING WILLIAM MICHAEL FANNING, 82, of Centreville, Virginia, passed away on November 28, 2013 from complications due to congestive heart failure. He was born in Yonkers, New York to William and Margaret (Rodgers) Fanning on September 1, 1931. He was married for 40 years to his beloved wife Elizabeth Jane who passed in January 1995. William joined the 101st Signal Battalion, New York National Guard in 1949. He attended New York State Maritime College from 1950 - 1952 before entering Naval Flight Training in January 1953. During his 20 years in the US Navy he was stationed both afloat and ashore from Maine to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He piloted several anti-submarine airplanes including the P2V-7 "Neptune" and Grumman AF-2S, 2W and S-2F. During his tour in the US Navy he flew on these aircraft carriers: America CV-66, Essex CVS-9, Forrestal CV-59, Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42, Independence CV-62, Intrepid CVA-ll, John F. Kennedy CV-67, Lake Champlain CVS-39, Lexington CVS-16, Leyte CV-32, Monterey CVL-26, Saratoga CV-60, Tarawa CVS-40, Valley Forge CVS-45, and Wasp CVS-19. He retired from the Navy in 1973. After retiring from the Navy he worked 20 years with National Business Aviation Association, which honored him by naming their annual maintenance scholarship after him. William was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth, his father and mother, his sisters Margaret, Patricia Touchstone and Helen Graham and his daughter Helen. He is survived by his sons Thomas (Pam), William (Rose), his daughters Elizabeth (John), Mary Jo, grandchildren Amanda, Katherine, Alexandra, William, Elizabeth and Ireland. Visitation will be held 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Fort Myer Chapel, 204 Lee Avenue, Arlington, Virginia. Following the service William will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery where his wife Elizabeth is buried. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the NBAA Charities, 1200 G St. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005 Memo line to read William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. www.fmfh.comwww.fmfh.com

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Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 9, 2014
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