Eric Fankhauser

Eric W. Fankhauser

Saturday, September 27th, 1952 - Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Lt. Col. Eric W. Fankhauser (USAF, Ret.), age 67, of Swansea, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2019 at his residence.

He was born September 27, 1952 in Ohio, the son of Anita (Wertenberger) Fankhauser of Johnson City, TN, and the late Clifford Fankhauser. Besides his mother, Lt. Col. Fankhauser is survived by his wife, Carol (Cates) Fankhauser, whom he married November 14, 2019.

Also surviving are tw children: Monica (Rodger Lowe) Fankhauser of Foley, AL and Andrew (Kenzie) Fankhauser of Santa Marguarita, CA; and one step-daughter, Sara Bennett of Edwardsville.
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Bedingfield.

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Daniel A Deprez

Posted at 04:17pm
Lt Col (then Maj) Eric Fankhauser was my Squadron Commander at Lajes Field in the Azores from 1989-1991. I was the Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent and he was the finest Officer I had ever served under in my over 20+ years in the Air Force. He always got the mission accomplished and always cared for and appreciated the men and women under his command. During the first gulf war, my wife became very ill and had to be medically evacuated back to the states. This left me with 2 young sons to look after in addition to working long hours in support of the war. Major Fankhauser and his wife made sure that my sons were taken care of by taking them into their home, while I was at work. He was a great officer, but an every greater man. He will be very much missed. Senior Master Sergeant Daniel A. Deprez, USAF, Retired

Kim Svaglic

Posted at 11:06am
Carol my prayers are with all of you at this time

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