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Dick Fanning

Dick Fanning, age 71, Long Valley, SD, died March 10, 2008, of a heart attack, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was cekebrated Thursday, March 13, at the Old American Legion Hall in Martin, with Father Bryan Sorensen as celebrant and Deacon Cal Clifford assisting.

Lector was Tony Fanning. Music was provided by Steve and Stuart Livermont and Dana Fanning. Ushers and pallbearers were Jason, Josh, Casey, Shawn, Jimbo, Jim, Joe, John and Mike Fanning and Cam Williams.

Interment was in the Martin Community Cemetery.

Joel Richard "Dick" Fanning was born August 7, 1936, in Bennett County, SD, to Cameron and Marcella Fanning. Dick was the fourth of 14 children. Through his early years, he attended school at Presentation Children's School in Sioux Falls, SD, where he stayed with his Grandmother McLaughlin. Later, he attended and graduated from eighth grade at England Grade School, near Vetal, SD.

He graduated from Bennett County High School in 1955. Dick was united in marriage to Iris Campbell November 1964 in Nenzel, NE. They moved to his granddad's homestead in southeast Bennett County. Children, Morgan, Shane and Regan were born while living in this part of the Sandhills. From there, the family moved to the Jack LaBranche place south of Tuthill, SD. Sloan was born to this growing family while there. Later, the family packed up and moved 10 miles west of Martin. After a brief stay there, they moved to Rainbow's End Ranch at Oelrichs, SD, in 1979. It was there Dick became a widower after his wife lost her battle with cancer.

Dick moved one more time to the Other End of the Rainbow Ranch near Long Valley, SD, in 1993. There, Dick married Lorena Berry in 1996. They farmed and ranched together in addition to enjoying time spent with friends and family.

He lived the Beatitudes by visiting residents of nursing homes, nuns residing at St. Martin's, providing food, firewood and helping those in need. He was known to pick up hitchhikers, much to the dismay of his family. Dick was a man of few words, but his actions spoke volumes. Through the years he learned how to be a good listener. Dick rose early to read the Bible and devotionals as well as pray the rosary for his and other's intentions. Through the years, Dick's wisdom provided sound advice and guidance. Dick loved children for their uninhibitedness.

Dick had a lifelong passion for cattle and horses. After high school he traveled with older brother, Larry, to California learning the farrier trade and enjoyed working with horses. Like most good cattlemen he knew how to read cattle sign language. He competed in roping events in early adulthood. He enjoyed watching good rodeo, football and baseball games. Dick appreciated different scenery by taking rural back roads rather than main highways.

Survivors include his wife Lorena Fanning of Long Valley; two daughters, Morgan Chadwick and her husband, James, of Houston, TX, and Regan Kirchner of Circle, MT; two sons, Shane Fanning of Pierre, and Sloan Fanning and his wife, Carol, of Ft. Collins, CO; four grandchildren; four step-daughters, Tracy Timp and her husband, Jim, of Arden Hills, MN, Susan Kostroski and her husband, Randy, of Sherwood, WI, Angela Tucker of San Francisco, CA, and Lauri Lerner and her husband, Eric, of Rochester, NY; 12 siblings, James Fanning of Martin, Larry Fanning of Martin, William "Bill" Fanning and his wife, Philomen, of Greeley, CO, Frances Fanning and his wife, Lloyd, of Great Falls, MT, Camillus Blair of Rapid City, Dennis Fanning and his wife, Nellie, of Camarillo, CA, Virgil Fanning and his wife, Fran, of Rapid City, Butch Fanning and his wife, Paulette, of Vetal, SD, Tony Fanning and his wife, Lupita, of Simi Valley, CA, Paul Fanning and his wife, Maryann, of Tuthill, SD, Robert "Bob" Fanning and his wife, Cathy, of Phoenix, AZ, and Patricia Williams and her husband, Lee, of Moorcroft, WY; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his first wife, Iris (Campbell) Fanning; his parents, Cameron and Marcella (McLaughlin) Fanning; one brother, Ronald Fanning; and a son-in-law, Kenny Kirchner.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.