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Place of Birth:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Jack Paul Fanning

Jack Paul Fanning, age 55 passed away from this life on October 6, 2014 in Tulsa. Jack was born September 7, 1959 to John Raymond and Elizabeth Isabelle (Biskner) Fanning in Tulsa.

Jack graduated from Tulsa Edison High School in 1978, where he was a standout on both the football and wrestling teams. For the last 25 years he has made his home in Kansas City. Jack was a true sports fanatic. He was a lover of sports of any kind and was a walking encyclopedia of sports trivia. He made his living as a sporting goods representative, selling to high schools and colleges throughout the Midwest. Every March he could be spotted at the NCAA Wrestling Tournament. Saturday afternoons he was rooting for the Fighting Irish and Sundays saw him screaming for or at the St. Louis Rams, depending on the score. Over the last two years he has been an active participant in the rebuilding of the Edison High School wrestling program, giving of his time and treasures.

Ten minutes after meeting Jack, people felt like he was their best friend. He never met a stranger and always made you feel that he was glad to see you and hear what you had to say.

Jack was the youngest son of Betty and John Fanning, who both preceded him in death. He was beloved by his brother Jeff and wife Patti, brother Mike, and sister Linda Wilborn and husband Troy. His nine nieces and nephews were always excited when he came to town, and will have legendary tales to tell his five grandnieces and nephews of time spent with "Uncle Jack". The two loves of his life were his dog, Molly, and his beautiful vacation home on Lake Spavinaw.

Memorial services are being held Saturday, October 11, 2014 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Cathedral.

In lieu of flowers friends are asked contribute to a charity or organization of their choice.

Service Information

Time: 11-Oct-2014 10:00 a.m.
Location: Holy Family Cathedral
Address: 122 West 8th Street Tulsa, Oklahoma


The Cliff Keen Athletic Family
Words cannot say how much we will miss our dear friend Jack. He was fiercely loyal, honorable, and such a considerate colleague to work with. His love for the sport of wrestling was unparalleled. Thank you Jack for the good memories we will always cherish.
Cindy mahan
Words can't express how much you will be missed. I will truly cherish knowing you. The kind generous heart you have for others is unbelievable. My condolences to all of Jacks family. Cindy mahan Grand Lake
Brian Dreesman
Will miss you buddy. It's been great knowing you as my sales rep and, most importantly, my friend. The NCAA Wrestling tournament won't be the same without you.
Teresa Fanning Lawson
We love and miss you already Uncle Jack! You were such a great guy and we will never forget you.
Craig & Jackie Soltys
The Fanning Family We want to express our condolences to Jack's family. He was our DeLong sales rep, then Rock Creek rep for many years, and it was always a pleasure to welcome him anytime. Simply being Jack, he helped us a great deal. We will miss him a lot, and are grateful for his friendship. God bless you all, Craig and Jackie Soltys at Summit Sports, Lee's Summit, Mo.
Bruce Young
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fanning family and friends. I'm truly going to miss my good friend and confidant. RIP my friend. I will never forget all the good times we had together.
steve schwabe
my prayers go out to the Fanning family, RIP Jack, you will be missed
Sally Harter
Maryanne's deck gatherings will not be the same without Jack and Molly. I already miss you. I'll always remember Jack "renaming" my dog Fannie L. Jack enjoyed the dogs so much! Jack made us all laugh.
Maryanne Loscalzo
Love, thoughts and prayers to Jack's family. Jack has been in my life for the last eight years and I have so many great memories of our time together. I will miss him so much.
Katy Fanning Laciny
Love you so very much, Uncle Jack. Thanks for all you gave to us. Many memories for all to cherish!
Mike McClintock
Jack will be dearly missed. He was a great friend and I'll always remember the laughs that we had through business and friendship.
Jay Murphy
Jack was one of the good ones. He always would lend an ear. Great guy. I will think of him often . God speed Jack
Mike Long- Overland Park
I will miss my friend Jack greatly, we spent many days watching football on Saturdays and Sundays together. in KC Very thankful for the friendship that Jack offered me and friends.. Jack in honor if you I will be taking my nephew to his first football game, of course it's going to be a Ram's game. You may be gone but never be forgotten.