Larry Ernest Fankhauser


Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2006

Former Juneau resident Larry Ernest Fankhauser, 57, died peacefully July 18, 2006, at his home in Shoreline, Wash., after a long illness.

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He was born on May 22, 1949, the eldest of five children born to Edna Fankhauser and Lawrence Fankhauser in Omaha, Neb. He lived his early years in Lincoln, Neb.

Feeling a call to the ministry after some college, he entered The Salvation Army School for Officers Training in 1969 in San Francisco. There that he met Nila Marler, who he married on Sept. 23, 1972. They were partners in ministry for 34 years and eventually attained the rank of major.

His heart disease was discovered during his second year of training.

He battled this disease his whole life, having and recovering from five open-heart surgeries over the years.

They traveled and worked in many places and worked for seven years as corps officers in Juneau, serving people in Southeast Alaska. Larry often hunted and especially fished the inlets and bays of his Southeast home.

Friends among the Tlinget people in Southeast adopted the Fankhauser family. He was adopted as a Tlinget Raven Frog House, kiks.adi, and given the name Ka Klax' (wise old salmon that has swum upstream).

Besides his service and his family, he enjoyed watching football and Clint Eastwood films; traveling and camping; reading religious books and Clive Cussler novels; and playing cards and cribbage.

Family member said, "A generous soul, Larry lived his life with gentility and good humor. ... He leaves four generations of family and many friends, who will remember him for his Salvation Army service, his love and his gentle spirit."

He is survived by his children, Dr. Judy Richardson, of The Dalles, Ore., and her husband, Daniel, Kenneth Lawrence Fankhauser and his wife, Jill, of Anchorage, and Caleb John Fankhauser and his fiancee, Christin Howard, of Juneau; grand daughter, Zora Joy Richardson; wife, of Shoreline, Wash.; father, Lawrence Fankhauser, of Springfield, Colo.; mother, Edna Fank-hauser, of Cleveland; brothers, Dr. Charles Fankhauser, of Olympia, Wash., Thomas Fank-hauser, of Cleveland, and Robert Fankhauser, of Wyom-ing; and sister, Barbara Turner, of Red Springs, N.C.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. July 24, at the Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps in Seattle.

Since he wished for his final resting place to be near Kake, family members will scatter his ashes at a special place there in a private ceremony at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Street-Level Ministry, a new Seattle-area ministry to the homeless, in care of the Seattle Temple Corps.

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