Kodye Michael Fassbender, age 16 of Grand Chute, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017 as a result of suicide. Our home is now void of Kodye's smiling face and quick witted personality. The world is now a bit dimmer. Kodye will forever be remembered for his avid love of the outdoors, his passion for Wounded Warriors and Mission 22 organizations and his willingness to always help a friend or a fellow classmate. Kodye had quite an impact on all those who knew him. He was a proud American and respected our country with a zeal not found in most teenagers.
We hope Kodye's death can be a catalyst for more open conversations around mental health and suicide awareness. If you or someone you know is struggling right now with mental health issues, please text HOPELINE to 741741.
Kodye was born on December 10, 2000 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was currently a sophomore at Appleton North High School. He is survived by: his parents, Mike and Lisa Fassbender and his sister Nycole Fassbender, grandparents; Ruth Heenan, Larry Fassbender and Margene Fassbender, aunts, uncles and cousins; Michelle and Brian Niemuth, Scott and Daureen Heenan and their children Trent and Chelsey, Terry and Mary Heenan and their children, Tanner (Jen) Kleist, Madelyn, Kolton and Danielle Heenan, Tammy and Joe Nennig and their children Joe, Jr., Amanda (Jesse) Young, Andrew (Amanda) Nennig and Lacye Jo (Adam) Althaus, Randy Heenan and his children Justin and Brooke Heenan, Shelby (fiancé Shane Van Straten ) Draheim.
Kodye is further survived by special friends Larry Marmes, Brian and Leah Desens and their children Jack, Sam and Emma.
He is also survived by many other extended family members and some really great friends.
Kodye was preceded in death by his beloved G-Pa Tom Heenan, uncles; Tony and Daniel Heenan, great-grandparents; Ervin and Lavaughn (Oatman) Anderson, James and Mildren Heenan, Elmer Fassbender, Kenneth and Margaret Surprise, great uncles, Larry Griesbach, Tom Fassbender and Rick Trittin, great aunts, Ruth Flannery and Carol Fassbender.
Visitation for Kodye will be on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Wichmann Funeral Homes, Superior Street location and on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at The Mission Church, 314 N. Appleton Street in Appleton. Funeral Services for Kodye will be on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:00pm at The Mission Church with Rev. Dan Hintz officiating. For more information and to express condolences, please visit www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship is being established at Appleton North High School to aid an upcoming graduate to pursue a career in the mental health field.
Memorials may also be given in Kodye's name to the Mission 22 Project or the Wounded Warrior Project.
The family wishes to thank the Grand Chute Police Department, Marquette University Police Department, the Mission Church and the Victim Crisis Responders, Jennifer and Carolyn for their support in our immediate time of need.
Mike, Lisa and Nycole also wish to thank all of their family and friends for their unwavering support during this especially difficult period of life.
"It's been a long day, without you my friend. And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again."
We hope and pray you've found the peace you sought. Part of our hearts went to heaven with you. The remaining parts we'll hold and remember you all our days. We'll always be proud to be called your mom, dad and sister. Until we meet again, our love for you is unending.
Love you. Mom, Dad and Nycole.
I am so heartbroken over losing you-you were my bud. Make sure G-Pa does the McDonald's runs til I see you again.
Love and miss you. G'Ma Heenan.
Published by Appleton Post-Crescent from May 9 to May 10, 2017.