MASON, TX, USA
U.S. Marine Corps
SSGT, 7TH ESB, (9TH ESB, I MEF FWD), 1ST MLG, CAMP PENDLETON, CA
04/22/2012, HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Staff Sergeant Joseph (Joe) Fankhauser was born Aug 27, 1981 in Edinburgh, Texas. He spent most of his childhood with his mother in Robstown and Kingsville, Texas. His middle school years were spent in San Marcos, Texas where he was in the Junior ROTC program at San Marcos Baptist Academy. He also spent some school days with his father in the Rio Grande Valley where he attended Sharyland schools and participated in the high school band. Joe enjoyed activities such as Cub and Boy Scouts, achieved Eagle Scout and received the Arrow of Light award. He was also active in Royal Ambassadors (church group), Vacation Bible School, Little League, and playing with the neighborhood kids. He loved his GI Joe toys, teddy bears, reading and was especially fond of elderly people and young children. Joe liked Christmas colors red and green, Spam, MREs and broccoli.
Upon graduation from Mason High School near the Panhandle of Texas, he entered the Marines. He served in Okinawa, Japan; Washington, D.C, four tours of duty in Iraq, and was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan at the time of his death. He was a member of the EOD (Explosive Ordinance Detail) stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. During his twelve year career in the military, he earned numerous awards including two Purple Hearts. He married Oct. 1, 2005.
Joe is survived by his immediate family: his wife of seven years, Heather Fankhauser of Oceanside, California; his father, Henry Fankhauser of McAllen, Texas; and his mother, Mary Wyscarver of Temple. He had numerous relatives and friends and will be missed by all of them.