Roger Elmer Fanter
Ventura County Star
October 3, 2017
Simi Valley, CA
Roger Elmer Fanter 82, passed away on September 24, 2017 in his home in Simi Valley, California surrounded by his loving family. Roger was born in Hamilton, Ohio on October 3, 1934 to Earl and Louise (Fiehrer) Fanter. He was a 1953 graduate of Hamilton High School and served his country in the Korean conflict in 1954. He is survived by his wife Nancy Fanter (McCracken). He and his wife Nancy were married for a blissful 61 years.
He was a true athlete both on and off of the field. He enjoyed coaching as much as being a player in the game. He coached youth baseball and football and he was a football coach at Simi Valley High School, and was exceptionally proud of the opportunity to influence and inspire young athletes.
Roger had many gifts and talents. He worked as a Machine and Tool Salesman, served on the Grand Jury, and was a member of SAG. He was proud of the friendships he gained through his second career as an actor; a much-loved profession. Joe Dirt, Adaptation, Seabiscuit and Road to Prediction are just a few of the films he enjoyed being a part of, as well as numerous television shows, commercials and music videos.
In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by four children, Neil Fanter and wife Jeanne, Nina Mancino and husband Frank, Tracy Phillips and husband Jim, Raye-Jean Acheronti, five grandsons, one grandaughter and one great grandson. He is also survived by his sister June Rogers and husband Walter.
Roger always thought of others before himself and it was impossible to not be inspired by the pure love and joy that radiated from him daily. He was loved by so many, and will truly be missed by all who knew him.
There will be a closed military service for the family. A celebration of Roger's life will be held at a later date.
FANTER, Roger E. (Roger Elmer Fanter)
Born: 10/3/1934, Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 9/24/2017, Simi Valley, California, U.S.A.
Roger E. Fanter’s westerns – actor:
La cerca - 2005 (ranch owner)
Traded – 2016 (Benedict Wallace)