Leland Clinton Fanning, 81, of Peterboro, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, with his family by his side.
He was born May 5, 1933 in Carlisle, NY, a son of Grant and Mae Collins Fanning, and was a graduate of Schoharie Central School. He served in the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry during the Korean Conflict from 1954-56 as a presidential honor guard. Leland owned and operated Dunroving Farms in Peterboro until retiring in 1991, when his son, Terry took over the farm operation. Leland married Prudence Appel in 1956. He later married Jane Blosser in 2001. Leland enjoyed many sports and wildlife photography.
Surviving are his children, Susan and Jerry Hamil of Margaretville, NY; Peter and Darlene (Wilson) Fanning of Pratts Hollow, NY; Terry Fanning of Peterboro, NY; Sarah and Robert Pyle of Whitsett, NC; and Shannon Wright of Stamford, NY; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Fanning in 1991.
In an effort to help others, Leland donated his body to scientific research.
A Memorial Service with military honors will be held at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 31 Cedar St., Morrisville at 2pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11am to 2pm prior to the service.
Interment will be private in the Peterboro Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413; or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Rd., Suite 105, Amherst, NY 14226