henry fankhouser, jr.
Henry Edward Fankhouser, Jr., 70, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Weirton, died Thursday, March 20, 2003. He was born April 20, 1932 in Wheeling, WV. Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Freda Fankhouser and brother Ronald E. Fankhouser. After 39 years of service, Henry retired from Weirton Steel where he worked in the BOP as a steel pourer. He also served as an ISU steward and committeeman. Henry served his country during the Korean War in the US Navy. He was a member of the St. Viators Roman Catholic Church in Las Vegas and a former member of Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church in Weirton. Henry was also a member of the WSX 25-Year Club and the Liberty Lodge AF & AM 26. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betty J.) Plohal Fankhouser, whom he married December 29, 1951; one son, Rick Fankhouser and his wife Dee of Wheeling; daughter, Darla Wright of Weirton. Henry also has 4 grandchildren, Maggi and Cari Fankhouser of Deltona, FL and Wes and Ashley Wright of Weirton; 3 step-grandchildren, Erik Shuma, Jayme Fankhouser, Michelle Panepucci and her husband Jason and one step-great grandson, Tyler Panepucci. henry is also survived by his brother and sister in law, Bob and Ethel Plohal of Las Vegas, Nevada. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9PM on Tuesday, March 25 the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Wednesday at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Share tributes with his family at www.grecohertnick.com. Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. Betty, Darla, Wesley, and Ashley: We are truly sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathies to you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Henry was a great man and we’re sure he was an even better husband, father, and grandfather! Dan & Beth Kolopajlo Joshua & Danielle McAlpine

  2. rick and family, Your DAD was a special man and one of my favorites when he worked for the union and i as in personnel. I will never forget him or u and all you did for me while in Brooke County. Come visit me on beach sometime. My thoughts and prayers are with you Sincerely, jerry hamill

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss. Darla,Ashley,and Wesley. Wish that we were there to be with you. Love you all.

  4. Rick and family, Please extend our deepest sympathy for the death of your father to your family and your mother. Love Mario & Penny

  5. I am a cousin of Henry’s or “Junior” as we all knew him when we were children. My Mother was sister of Freda and my brother Nolte & Dan & myself spent time at their home on occasion. I remember him as a very kind person and good to us little ones. I saw no mention of his sister Bessie in the obituary and it says his younger brother preceded him in death. Any info you can send back would be appreciated. Sincere condolences to you & your family. Della V. Fulton

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