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Rudolph E. Fanska

Titusville, FL

Rudolph E. Fanska, 90, U.S. Marine World War II, a retired biochemist and professor of biochemistry graduated from this life to heaven on April 4, 2014.

Rudy grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and volunteered for the Marines at the outbreak of WWII. He was assigned to the First Marines Division, 3rd Battalion in the South Pacific. Christmas Day of 1943 found him landing on the beach of New Britain under fire. His next assignment was Pelileu, where he was wounded in the chest by a sniper. After recuperating, he returned to his original unit and was with the first wave to hit the beach on Okinawa. Rudy was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in combat. Later in the campaign, he was wounded by machine gun fire and received his second purple heart. While recovering from the injury, this handsome red-headed Marine met and married his Navy nurse, Freeda (Sue) Randall. They were happily married for the next 60 years until her death in 2007 at age 91.

After being honorably discharged from the service, Rudy graduated from the University of Southern California and found his niche in medical biochemical research. He spent 25 years with the University of California at the San Francisco Medical Center receiving considerable recognition for his work in diabetes research and authored over 50 scientific papers. Later in his career, he attained academic status with the University of California; fluently speaking five languages, he trained foreign doctors in molecular biology. Rudy and Sue were very active in civic affairs the years they lived in San Francisco.

After retiring from the medical field in 1967, Rudy and Sue moved to Titusville, FL. Rudy then became the owner of Sunshine Realty in Titusville for several years and served on the Board of Realty. Rudy was also proud to be a member of the First Baptist Church of Titusville where he served as a Deacon and senior men's Bible study teacher.

Mr. Fanska is survived by his daughter, Cathie Gray of Titusville, FL (husband Bob); grandsons Scott Gray of Titusville, FL; Brian Gray of Oregon City, OR (wife Vanessa) and great-granddaughters Morgan and Jordynn Gray.

His ashes will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Apr. 8, 2014
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