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Charles D. Fenstermaker

January 1, 1922 ~ August 23, 2014

Charles D. Fenstermaker, 92, Marion, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Fishers. Charles was born in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, to the late Clark and Nancy (McCoy) Fenstermaker.

He graduated from Sweetser High School in 1940 and attended Purdue University. He served as a flight officer in the United States Air Force during World War II. Charles was the founder and owner of American Tool Craft, Inc., a successful business for over 45 years. He also operated other business ventures that included buying and selling private aircraft and the manufacture and sale of bicycle safety flags. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marion for over 50 years, where he served as a past chairman on the board of trustees. He was also a past president of the Aviation Board, and a past president of the Marion Rotary Club, 1982-1983.

Charles was an avid pilot of small aircraft. He also enjoyed golfing as a member of Meshingomesia Country Club for many years and was a member of the John Purdue Club.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruthanna (Shook) Fenstermaker. He is also survived by his son, Carl (Carol) Fenstermaker of Savannah, GA; a daughter, Rita (Dan) Sink of Fishers; a sister, Marjorie Bewley; and seven grandchildren, Hannah, Nick, and Nate Sink, Neal, Rachael, Clint, and Kevin Fenstermaker.

In addition to his parents, preceding him in death are his three sisters, Helen Stokes, Donna Martin, Mildred Bentley; and a brother, Robert Fenstermaker.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, Indiana.

Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at the funeral home with Rev. Charlie Hall, Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Grant Memorial Park, Marion, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Marion, 403 W. 4th Street, Marion, IN 46953.

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 26, 2014
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