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Hixson Westlake

2409 Westwood Rd, Westlake, LA

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Rudolph "Fred" Fredrick Fanta Jr.

December 8, 1934July 12, 2020

A man of integrity, honest, dependable, trustworthy, faithful in his service to God and others. All words that adequately describe a man we will greatly miss. Fred Fanta moved to his heavenly home on July 12, 2020.

Rudolph Fredrick Fanta, Jr. was born December 8, 1934 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Rudolph Fredrick and Lorraine Thompson Fanta. The family moved to Maplewood during the Second World War and later moved to Westlake. Fred graduated from Westlake High School in 1952 and was active in sports, participating in football, basketball and track. He excelled in track holding the parish record for the mile for several years.

Fred was a 1957 graduate of Northwestern State University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He participated in ROTC and entered active duty in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation. He completed his eight years of service in the Army Reserve and was discharged with the rank of Captain.

On June 2, 1956 Fred married Alice Adams, his high school sweetheart and the forever love of his life. They were inseparable and shared 64 beautiful years of marriage. There was never a doubt how much Fred loved Alice. A picture of the couple in their high school yearbook captioned “Whatever Alice wants”, said it all and that remained true over all these years. Fred was devoted and lived out the example of a godly husband.

Fred loved his family well. He and Alice were blessed with three children, Sharon, David and Allen. They were always a source of great joy and pride to him. The added blessing of grandchildren brought a new level of pride and joy. And the circle of life continued with the birth of each new great grandchild. Fred was a devoted father and grandfather and showed his love by spending time and being present in their lives. He attended countless athletic, dance, musical, theatrical events, swim meets and so on. If one of his children, grandchildren or great grandchildren were participating, he was there.

Fred and Alice determined that God would always be the head of their home and they would serve Him. They were very active in Westlake United Methodist Church, and it was an important part of Fred’s life. He served in any capacity needed and took any task that he was asked to take. He especially enjoyed sharing his financial expertise and served as the Chair of Finance and as Treasurer.

Fred and Alice made Westlake their home. Fred worked at Cities Service Refinery for a few years before joining First Federal Savings and Loan Association as Treasurer in 1963. He retired after 37 years of service as Chief Financial Officer.

Fred and Alice liked to travel. He took her to the beach and enjoyed being there, but he especially liked to visit in the mountains. He liked observing the wildlife and his very favorite animals to watch were the busy little chipmunks. Fred enjoyed two special hobbies, woodworking and fishing. He built many things for their home and especially liked working on his wood lathe. Fishing was his special relaxing time. He felt the stress relieve when he was out fly fishing for bass and many enjoyable hours were spent at the Adams family camp on Bundicks Lake.

Fred was a man of highest integrity in every aspect of his life. His was a life well lived. He is preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Edward and Pope Adams, and an infant grandson Daniel Edward Fanta. He is survived by his wife, Alice Fanta; three children, Sharon and Jerry Barnhill, David and Diane Fanta, and Allen Fanta, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Ward, his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Sandra Fanta and a host of dearly loved nieces and nephews.

The family expresses our thanks to Reverend Joy Comeaux for her help as we move through this painful journey. We also give thanks to our many friends and loved ones for the outpouring of love, support and prayers.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, July 17th for family only. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Westlake United Methodist Church, Box 536, Westlake, LA.

We invite you to sign his digital register book, leave a favorite memory or sentiment of condolences at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • Alice Fanta, Spouse
  • Sharon Barnhill (Jerry Barnhill), Daughter
  • David Fanta (Diane Fanta), Son
  • Allen Fanta, Son
  • Richard Fanta (Sandra Fanta), Brother
  • Marjorie Ward, Sister
  • Edward Adams (Pope Adams), In-Laws (deceased)
  • Daniel Edward Fanta, Grandson (deceased)
  • Seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a host of dearly loved nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Westlake United Methodist Church

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 17, 2020

Memories

Rudolph "Fred" Fredrick Fanta Jr.

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Christine Miller Ortego

July 20, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss. Alice, you and Fred at the Methodist Church are part of my childhood memories. He will be missed very much. Praying for you and your family.

Lisa Killian

July 20, 2020

I have to admit I was so intimidated when I began working at the church but he and Alice made my job so special. They were always so kind and never forgot you at any holiday. I have often thought of them since I have been away but will always remember their kindness. He will be truly missed. Love to his family !!!

Jimmy Hassell

July 19, 2020

Prayers for the Fanta Family, we love you Jimmy and Judy Hassell

Faye & Gene Arndt

July 17, 2020

Dear Alice ,

Words offer small comfort to you and your family at this time,
We express our sincere sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Fred. You have lost a wonderful husband and friend.

Our first thought was thinking back at the "Mardi Gras Times" we had together with
you, Fred and the clan. Mardi Gras memories were fun. At one of the parties we found Fred in the kitchen washing dishes.

Blessings to you an family.

Gene & Faye

CHERYL KING HUDSON

July 17, 2020

Mrs.Fanta, MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS TIME OF LOSS. MAY GOD KEEP YOU IN HIS ARMS TO COMFORT AND LOVE YOU. LOVE CHERYL KING HUDSON

Margaret and Wayne Harris

July 16, 2020

Alice and Family,
We fondly remember our years worshipping at Westlake Methodist with the Fanta and Adams’ family. Fred always had a warm smile and your marriage and faith were exemplary. Our love and prayers are with each of you now and in the walk ahead.

Karen Barker

July 16, 2020

A few weeks ago I spent a couple of hours with Mrs Alice and Mr. Fred and got to witness their sweet commitment and love 💕 for one another. As I went through their home, I looked at every picture and listened to the stories they shared it was obvious that they loved one another and their precious children and grand babies. I went to visit and help them but I was the one that received the blessing. Special time. Getting to spend that sweet time with them was a gift. May the Lord encamp his angels about you all and keep you safe as only he can do. Love and blessings to all. KarenBarker

Scott Havens

July 16, 2020

Long before cell phones, I rang the doorbell at the Fanta house after midnight (more than once) to get David to help me pull my truck out of a mud hole... even then, as always, Mr. Fanta greeted me at the door with a smile and a friendly “come on in.” He was such a kind man.

Gwen Phillips

July 16, 2020

I remember his gentle way. You only had to look or be around him to see and feel his kindness. Phillip and I had a home loan at First Fed. Then young Fred came into my life though my son, Russell. He was always so kind to me. Mrs. Fanta, your life together showed others how to live. God Bless and Prayers for all. Gwen

Mike Cloer

July 16, 2020

Allen and Family:
I send our deepest condolences for the loss of your father. From everyone in South Division family at United Rentals, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers

FROM THE FAMILY