A memorial service celebrating the life of Randolph L. “Randy” Fannin, age 73, of Heath, will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 107 East Broadway, Granville, Ohio. The Licking County Veterans Alliance will conduct military honors at the church prior to the funeral service.
Inurnment will take place in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark, Ohio on Monday, May 13 at 10 a.m.
Randy passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio.
He was born on July 14, 1945 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Thomas W. and Jessie M. (Russel) Fannin.
During his high school career, Randy ran track, played football, and sang in the chorus, while also working various jobs delivering newspapers and working in the produce section of a grocery store.
After high school graduation, Randy joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on the U.S.S. Tidewater and built torpedoes. He became a Navy Seal, serving in Vietnam, Egypt, and was present in Cuba during the Russian missile crisis. He also sang in the Navy Chorus, and was a boxer.
When his Navy service ended, Randy married and worked for Broadcast Electronics, which had many government contracts. This job took him to Baltimore Maryland, Puerto Rico, and Quincy, Illinois where he was part of the management team. He and his wife, Pat, had two children, Stacy and Mike. In Illinois, Randy attended Quincy University (now Quincy College).
Randy was a very loving and devoted father who always had a lot of fun with his family. He always had a smile on his face, even after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. One of his favorite pastimes was watching home movies, sometimes running them backwards to get a good laugh. He and his children especially enjoyed watching the movie classic, Bambi, and other Disney movies. In addition, Randy had a passion for 1960’s cars, especially his treasured Mustang. He was always there to take his children to softball games and other sports, and help those who have paper routes, usually followed by a meal of biscuits and gravy at Hardee’s restaurant.
Randy’s smile was contagious, and he was able to cheer you up with just one look.
After his MS diagnosis, Randy moved to Ohio to be closer to his parents and sisters. He attended The Ohio State University in Newark, where he met his second wife, Nancy. Later he attended Central Ohio Technical College in Newark, where he earned his certificate for Counseling in Chemical Dependency.
In recent years, Randy loved to watch classic movies from the 1920’s to 1960’s, doing word search puzzles, and working on 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles with his wife Nancy. He also volunteered at the Market Street Pantry in Newark, a food pantry operated by their church, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church of Granville.
Randy had a wonderful (and quirky) sense of humor. His favorite teasing phrase was “Go away”; it may have sounded a bit stern, but if you looked at him, you will quickly see the smile on his face.
Randy’s kindness and generosity will be long remembered by his family and friends, always supporting them, and even helping with the purchase of a car. He loved working, tending and growing the roses in his garden, and was a big fan of the rock group the Eagles, as well as Simon and Garfunkel, Bon Jovi and Journey (to name only a few). He and Nancy used to go out dancing to the music of some of these Classic rock groups.
Randy will be missed by all, especially his wife Nancy, his siblings, children, step children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nancy Hamblin Fannin, whom he married on November 4, 1995; two brothers, Tim Fannin (Connie) and Jeff Fannin (Jennifer); three sisters, Toma Montenaro, Terry Merrin (John), and Lissa Fair (David); two children, Stacy (Steve) White and Michael Fannin (Kelly); two stepsons, Andrew and Brandon Green; three grandchildren, David and Andrew Fannin, and Samantha White; three nieces and twelve nephews.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Jessie Fannin.
Family and friends are welcome to gather, remember and share stories about Randy from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, May 10 at the Heath Chapel of Henderson- Van Atta- Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 1249 Hebron Road, Heath.
Memorial contributions can be made in Randy’s name to the Disabled American Veterans, Regional Office, 1240 E. 9th Street, Room 1017B, Cleveland, Ohio 44199 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Buckeye Chapter, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 202, Independence, Ohio 44131.
The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickloe Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the Fannin family with arrangements.
Sorry to hear about the loss in the Fannin family.
My heart goes out to all the Fannin family. We all loved Randy. He was a bright spot in anyone's day. My love to you all.