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Frederic Bentley Fessler, 69, of New Castle passed away the afternoon of Aug. 15, 2017, at the VA Medical Center Hospice in Butler. He was honored to spend his last days surrounded by his family, friends and fellow veterans.
Born April 17, 1948, in New Castle, he was the son of William and Eleanor Van Buren Fessler. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Leslie Johnson Fessler, whom he married Feb. 3, 1968.
A 1966 graduate of Neshannock High School, he served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970.
Over his lifetime, he was employed with several companies as a truck mechanic and warehouse supervisor.
Affectionately known as "Pops" by his grandchildren, Fred enjoyed watching his grandchildren at their sporting events and spending time with this family.
An avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Fred loved his church and his church family at Cornerstone Community Church, where he was a member.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Troy Steinheiser and Emily and Scott Cannon; four grandchildren, Allison Steinheiser and Troy Jacob Steinheiser (finance Samanthia Foy), Madison Cannon and Alex Cannon; one great-grandson, Gunner Steinheiser; one brother, William (Marilyn) Fessler; and his mother-in-law, Catherine Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, William Johnson.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 2615 New Butler Road, New Castle, with the Rev. Joe Lahr officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are made to Butler Health Care Hospice, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, Pa. 16001.
Online condolences may be offered at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on August 16, 2017
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