Edward J. Fasching, age 91 of Elverson, PA passed away on Sunday, February 22nd, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Born on June 24th, 1923, in Allentown, PA, he was the eldest son of the late Joseph and Theresa Fasching. He was preceded in death by his dear wife of 51 years, Margaret, and his brother, Robert. He leaves behind a daughter, Krista, son-in-law Christopher, and grandchildren Michael, Lauren, and Nicholas whom he adored with all of his heart. He is also survived by his loving sister Eleanor and her husband William, along with many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Fasching was proud to serve his country and was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Amphibious Force aboard LST 372 (nicknamed “the luckiest ship afloat” ) as a First Class Petty Officer and Motor Machinist Mate in the engine room. After enlisting in 1942, he participated in all the major invasions in the European Theater of Operations, including Normandy on Omaha Beach on D-day, and at the end of the war in Europe, he and his ship were sent to the Pacific Theater where he was stationed in China until the end of the war with Japan.
Following an honorable discharge in 1946, he began his long and dedicated career with the Pennsylvania State Game Commission and was a Chester County District Game Protector and later a Deputy Game Protector for 50 years. A graduate of the 7th class of student officers of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation, at the time of his death he held an active Deputy Game Protectors commission which he received upon his retirement. He also served from time to time as a District Game Protector in Delaware and Southern Berks County in conjunction to his assignment in Chester County until his retirement in July 1980.
Edward was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman who loved the outdoors, and often commented how fortunate he was to have his dream job in the Game Commission. Over the years he has been an officer in the Chester County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 11 and an active life member. He was also an active life member of the following organizations which he proudly served: Chester County Police Chiefs Association, VFW Downingtown Post 845, National Rifle Association, North American Wildlife Enforcement Officer Association, Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association, Law Enforcement Advocate of America, and the US LST Association. Edward was a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired Game Protectors, a Pennsylvania Forest Fire Warden, and an honorary member of many sportsmen’s organizations in the area, including West Caln Sportsman’s club where he was awarded the Club’s first honorary membership in 1961 for his hard work and dedication to the club. Over the years Ed brought a number of pheasants and turkeys to be stocked by the Club on farms in this area. Upon retiring, the Club honored Ed by giving him the Citizens Award signed by the chairmen of the House of Representatives in Harrisburg. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Pennsylvania Legislature Citation and Pennsylvania Senate awarded him in 1980 for his outstanding work in Law Enforcement for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the people of Chester County. Edward also was the Pennsylvania state revolver shooting champion on four occasions, a record unparalleled in the history of the agency. In addition to the devotion to his family, throughout his childhood and adult life he had a great concern for the preservation of our wildlife and natural resources. To this end he was a respected Game Protector in the days when there were no 40 hour work week restrictions. His career motto was to be, “Fair, Firm and Impartial.”
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA. The service will take place at the funeral home on Friday morning at 10 a.m. Following the service, he will be taken to his hometown for a military funeral. He will be laid to rest with his mother and father in Greenwood Cemetery, Allentown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be sent to the Pennsylvania Game Commission c/o In Memoriam, Edward J. Fasching, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110, to further wildlife habitat preservation in Chester County.