J Dave Fansler

FANSLER John "Dave" Fansler, 86, of Oxford, Connecticut, passed away on June 3, 2012 from chronic heart failure. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 12:00 on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the chapel at Connecticut State Veterans' Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT 06457 to honor his service to the United States. Friends are welcome to attend. The family will receive friends at Oxford American Legion Post 174, 43 Oxford Road, Oxford, CT 06478 from 2:30 to 4:30 on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Dave was born June 9, 1925 in Stamford, CT. He was the fifth child of Mary Scott and Percival Elliot Fansler. Dave enjoyed growing up with three brothers and two sisters and looked forward to their reunion upon his passing. Dave joined the United States Army's 35th infantry in 1943. He was later transferred to the 29th Division for the planned combat mission at Verville, France. As a Wave 2 survivor of the D-Day invasion at Normandy Beach and subsequent missions, Dave experienced a life long heartfelt, passion for soldiers defending their country. Dave completed his education in mechanical engineering at Perdue University, thanks to the GI Bill. He dedicated his entire career to work that aimed to protect vulnerable soldiers. Dave was an airframe designer at the Martin Company. His work there included the P6M jet seaplane, the B-57 jet bomber and the Titan booster for the Gemini program. He worked at Sikorsky Aircraft for twenty-five years, planning and managing all phases of helicopter vulnerability and crashworthiness. Up until his 85th birthday, Dave continued to work as a consultant on various projects related to helicopter crashworthiness. Dave enjoyed monthly lunch meetings with many Sikorsky retirees; took photos and posted them on the retirees' website. Dave was an avid hobby train enthusiast, working always in his spare time on his H2-O scale garden that fills most of his home's basement area. He also built a replica model of the Benoist, an airboat plane that his entrepreneurial father commissioned to fly passengers over the St. Petersburg Bay to Tampa in 1914. The model continues to be on display at the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport. Mr. Fansler was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Thelma Fansler, who passed away in 2007. He is survived by his two daughters, Vivian Rossi of Tallahassee, FL and Linda Radigan and her husband, Edward, of Tallahassee, FL; his five grandchildren, Jessica Fansler, and her husband, Dennis, Justin Radigan, Brenna Radigan, all of Tallahassee, FL, Julie Frost and her husband, Fran, of Hainesport, NJ, and John Rossi and his wife, Tracey of Roswell, GA; his five great-grandchildren, Lilly Fansler of Tallahassee, FL, Nicole Frost of Hainesport, NJ, Tim Frost of Hainesport, NJ, Amber Rossi of Roswell, GA and Caylee Rossi of Roswell, GA; his niece, Judi Henderson and husband, Doug; his nephew, Mike Fansler and his wife, Charlene; his dear friend who kept him laughing until the end, Janet Stead of Warren, CT; and his many devoted family members and friends. Last but not least, Dave leaves behind his beloved pet Marci, a Carin Terrier that he adopted in 2008 from Carin Terrier Rescue, USA. Marci spent the first two years of her life in a puppy mill. Dave patiently cared for and persistently loved Marci, helping her learn to become a playful and trusting companion. Dave's legacy of protecting the vulnerable, even unto death, remind all of us what living is truly about. On the deepest level possible, there was nothing at all wrong with his heart. Memorial donations may be made to Town of Oxford Dog Fund, c/o Animal Control, 486 Oxford

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