Melvin Fanska

Melvin Dean Fanska

Tuesday, October 26th, 1937 - Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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Mel Fanska was a man of many talents and gifts. Rising from a childhood of financial hardship, Mel joined the armed forces which led to world travels and work in army intelligence where he earned his stripes as a Master Sargent in the United States Army. Returning from Europe Mel began a long and prosperous career as a master plumber and HVAC specialist with the Raytown Public School District. After becoming a widower, which family produced a son and a daughter, he later married Noma Mauldin, his surviving widow from 29 years of marriage. Mel had a deep belief in God which started with the Salvation Army as a youth where he played in their band. He later joined the RLDS church, now called Community of Christ, where he served in many capacities, first as a deacon and later as an elder. He served as caretaker of many of the utilities at the historic Stone Church in Independence. He and Norma later attended the East Alton congregation close to their home in East Independence. Mel served faithfully for many years in the ministry. Mel was a deep thinker, a philosopher who often read from a varied field of disciplines, in particular those that related to philosophy and religion. He was progressive in thought and deeds. He was a consummate volunteer helping many with home repairs many who could not pay for those services. He loved family and friends almost to a fault. He is survived by wife Noma Fanska of Independence, son Dean Fanska and wife Lisa, daughter Linda Lee, step daughters Debbie Mitchell and her husband Tom, Terry England and Cindy Miller, brother Jerry Fanska and his wife Charlene, sister Connie Patillo and her husband Gary and sister Margaret Quintero. Mel also leaves behind several grandchildren as well and great grandchildren. Mel is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Albert and Carl Fanska, sisters Patricia Fanska, Carol Dutton and Mary Miller, 2 grandsons have also preceded him in death.
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Posted at 01:08pm
I never got to know Mel anywhere near enough. I first met him in Manchester, England, around 1976. He was in a relationship with my mother Lorraine, and they had a young son - Dean (my half brother). I knew Mel as gentle, kind, bear-like, warm and very interesting. He worked as a security cash collector and used to collect the gate takings from Manchester United Football Club. United were (and still are) my team and Mel grew to support them as well, so we shared that passion. Over the years Mel has sent me a lot of information about my mum, always in loving respectful tones, and his words helped me through the pain of losing her. Despite Mel not being my dad, he always referred to me as 'son' and I had no issues at all with that. He really was a lovely man, and I genuinely believe that he is now up there, with that big beaming smile, sorting things out for us all for when we finally arrive. So, until we meet again Mel, RIP. x

Dick Hughes

Posted at 04:55pm
I just heard that Mel has passed on. I am in shock. He is/was one of the finest men I have known. He spent his life loving and serving others. Mel gave and gave. At Stone Church he was always ready to do whatever was necessary to serve others. He, Noma, and the Lord seemed to be very close friends. Our hearts go out to Noma. Barb and I miss him very much. I know what it feels like to lose a brother, and I feel like I just lost a brother. Go in peace, Mel. Your brother, Dick and sister Barb.❣️

Henry Russell

Posted at 05:59am
Mel was one of the nicest and most hardworking individuals in the Raytown School District. I remember one year we were trying to have an opening session for all of the elementary teachers. It was a very hot day in August and the air conditioning at Fleetridge was not working. Mel was on the roof of Fleetridge trying to get it operational for this session of several hundred teachers, which relieved my mind. If anyone could get it to work, Mel could. The air conditioning worked marvelously and I was leaving the school 5 hours later, I looked back up on the roof and Mel was still there. Later I found out that the air conditioner would only work if someone manually operated it from the roof on a continual basis. The company could not send someone out until the next day, so Mel decided rather than cancel the event or move all of the teachers to another school he would spend this extraordinarily hot day on the roof operating the system. Mel just waved and smiled as I was coming and going from this event. I found out about this later from another person. I share this incident, because it was so typical of Mel. No matter the circumstances, he always was smiling and determined to make a positive difference. He received the "Starfish" Award from the Raytown School District for his example of living each day in this selfless way. He made a difference in my life. --Henry Russell

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