Richard W. Fanning

Richard W. Fanning

JANESVILLE – Richard William Fanning, moved gently into the arms of our Lord on September 15, 2012. Richard was born on August 26, 1946 in Janesville, Wisconsin, the youngest son of Elizabeth (Kelly) and William Fanning. As a young boy, he spent his days helping on the family farm and riding horses. Through the years, he honed his competitive cribbage and euchre skills with many buds and relatives. He graduated from Milton High School in 1964 and went on to retire from General Motors Janesville Assembly in 1995.

As a true outdoorsman, Richard loved the fresh air and freedom of his country home where he worshipped the sun and marveled at the stars. He was an avid sports fan, who loved the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. Richard was always accompanied by man’s best friend, most often German Sheppards and Dobermans. His love for rock-and-roll and dancing inspired the name for his most recent pup, Mick Jagger. Ever proud of his strong Irish heritage, Richard emulated the warmth and feisty spirit of the emerald isle. His sparkling blue eyes and charismatic personality were magnetic, and his wit and humor were unmistakable trademarks.

Richard is survived by his beloved sister and lifelong friend, Marlene Geronimi; his adoring daughters, Mary (Jake) Penny and Kelly Fanning; their mother Jan; and beautiful twin granddaughters, Fiona and Lana Penny; nephews: Jeffrey, Michael and Daniel Molden, Brian McCauley; and only niece, Dawn (Jason) Cox; brother-in-law, John Molden; great nephews, McCauley, Jack and Alex, and great nieces, Kennedy, Keeley and Lindsey. Preceding Richard in death were his parents; darling sister, Karen Molden; brother-in-law, Jack Geronimi; and a very special aunt and uncle, Mary and Fran Cunningham.

A celebration of his life will occur on at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at ST. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Janesville, with Msgr. Raymond Kertz officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY. Memorials in his honor may be gifted to Agrace Hospice Care.