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Charles L. "Larry" Fanning

Charles L. "Larry" Fanning, age 77, of Martin, S.D., died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his home in Martin.

Charles Loren Fanning, better known as Larry to his family and friends, was born March 1, 1934, in Martin, the son of Cameron and Marcella (McLaughlin) Fanning. He grew up in the Martin area graduating from Bennett County High School in 1950.

Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Larry attended college at Cal Poly. Upon graduation he returned to Martin where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and ranched three miles south of Martin on the Little White River. After retiring from the post office, he remained in Martin, selling the ranch in 2010.

During his lifetime, Larry participated in many rodeos.

Survivors include five sons, James Fanning and his wife, Faye, of Windsor, Color., Barry Fanning and his wife, Lisa, of Tacoma, Wash., Forrest Fanning of Rapid City, Steve Fanning of Sturgis, and Loren Fanning and his wife, Tamra, of Kennewick, Wash.; two daughters, Cindy Keegan and her husband, Ken, of Martin, and Andrea Hines and her husband, Gary, of Martin; 19 grandchildren; one great-grandson; 11 siblings, James Fanning of Martin, William "Bill" Fanning and his wife, Philomen, of Greely, Colo., Frances Fanning and his wife, Lloyd, of Great Falls, Mont., Camillus Blair of Spearfish, Dennis Fanning and his wife, Nellie, of Camarillo, Calif., Virgil Fanning and his wife, Fran, of Rapid City, Butch Fanning and his wife, Paulette, of Vetal, Tony Fanning and his wife, Lupita, of Simi Valley, Calif., Paul Fanning and his wife, MaryAnn, of Tuthill, Robert "Bob" Fanning and his wife, Cathy, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Patricia Williams and her husband, Lee, of Moorcroft, Wyo.; two sisters-in-law, Lorena Fanning of Long Valley and Jerry Fanning of Greeley, Colo.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ronnie and Dick Fanning.

A rosary service was held Friday, July 29, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin.

Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, July 30, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin, with Father Bryan Sorensen as celebrant.

Interment with military honors by the Martin American Legion Post #240 was at the Martin Community Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guest book is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com