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Richard Earl Fankhauser

97, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family, on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Born in Canton, January 4, 1922, to the late Walter and Leora (Kerstetter) Fankhauser, Sr., Richard graduated from Canton McKinley High School with the Class of 1940. An honorably discharged Veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forces, Richard served as a 2nd Lieutenant during World War II. He retired after 43 years as a machinist and engineer with Timken Research. He served as Treasurer for the Kiwanis Club of Navarre and served as Chair for the Bethlehem Twp. Zoning Commission. A member of Fohl United Methodist Church, Richard treasured his wife and family - especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the times they had spent together. Preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Wilma (Keefer) Fankhauser; daughter, Sandra (Fankhauser) Wendling; and his brothers, Walter (Jr.) and William.

Richard is survived by his wife, Janet (Hay) Fankhauser of New Philadelphia; son, Teal D. Fankhauser of Navarre and daughter, Laurie (Jeff) Longshore, of Massillon; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.

There are no calling hours. Private funeral services with burial to follow at Union Lawn Cemetery in Navarre will be conducted Friday, February 15, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made in care of the American Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Navarre. To sign our on-line guestbook, please visit:


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Published in IndeOnline on Feb. 13, 2019.
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February 16, 2019
My condolences to the Fankhauser family. Uncle Richard was always kind.
Julie Beaverson
February 14, 2019
Deepest sympathy to Richard's family and his wife Janet. As a leader at Timken Research he was a great person to work for. He was a kind & thoughtful man.

My wife Eva & I will always have wonderful memories of our times together with him & his wife Janet. We shared good times listening to music in the park, street concerts, dinners out & eating ice cream cones. He was a very dear friend. We will miss him.

Richard and Eva Stein
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