Joseph Albert Fanger, the seventh of 11 children of Joe and Rose Fanger, of Condon, Ore., died May 14, 2010, at the Stroke Center in Vancouver, Wash. He suffered a massive stroke at his home near Lyle, Wash., on May 10, 2010.
Joe was born at home in Condon on Jan. 9, 1933. He went to school and worked in the Condon area for some time, but then moved to The Dalles where he worked for The Dalles Soda Works for a while and then for the postal service, running mail between The Dalles and Portland, and finally as a painter at The Dalles Dam.
Joe married his first wife, Nancy Cook, with whom he had two children, Maryann and Joseph, which marriage ended in divorce.
During his more than 20 years’ tenure as painter at The Dalles Dam, Joe met his second wife, Afton Robison. They were married on April 1, 1989, and later moved to a home near Lyle, Wash.
Joe is survived by his wife, Afton, his two children, Maryann and Joseph, and by five siblings. He is also survived by Afton’s three sons, Norman, Kenneth and Randall, whom he had adopted.
Joe chose to be cremated and a memorial of his life was celebrated at the Lyle Celebration Center in Lyle. A memorial Mass will be said on July 16 at 3:30 p.m. at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River, Ore., followed by interring of his ashes in the Catholic Cemetery in Hood River.
Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice in Joseph’s name.
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