JOHN FITZSIMONS FANT JR. “JAKE” died on July 20, 2017, after a short illness. Jake was born on August 1, 1921, in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Lower Merion High School where he played basketball on a team that was runner-up in the Pennsylvania state tournament, leading to his being awarded a basketball scholarship to Penn State. After one year at Penn State, World War II broke out, and he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and went into pilot training. One year later, he flew a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress across the Atlantic to Prestwick, Scotland, and was assigned to the 94th Bomb Group of the U.S. Army 8th Air Force, which was stationed in Bury St. Edmonds, England. From July 1943 to April 1945, he flew 32 missions over Germany and Occupied Europe. After World War II, he entered the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance on the GI Bill and graduated in 1948. He married the former Mary P. McCrea “Mickey” of Shaker Heights and moved to Cleveland to work for the accounting firm Arthur Anderson. He went to night law school at Cleveland John Marshall while working at Arthur Anderson, specializing in tax law, which led to jobs as comptroller of The American Shipbuilding Co. and counsel at Crawford Fitting Co., from which he retired in 1993. Jake and Mickey were avid golfers and bridge players, and lifelong dog lovers. Those who wish may make donations in their names to the Geauga County Humane Society. Jake is survived by his four children, John F. Fant III (Kathleen) of Cleveland Heights, OH, Katherine Mitchell (Martin) of Dallas, TX, Dr. Emily Fant-Martin (Robert) of Las Vegas, NV, and Molly Pierce (Andrew) of Indian Wells, CA; eight grandchildren; his brother, Thomas D. Fant of West Chester, PA; three nephews; and a niece. His wife, Mickey, died in May of 2011. There will be a private memorial service. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Schulte & Mahon-Murphy Funeral Home, Lyndhurst.
Both of our funeral home locations offer complete services for traditional funerals, funerals followed by cremation, graveside services, shipping arrangements and direct cremations with memorial services.
All of our funeral home locations offer complete services for traditional funerals, funerals followed by cremation, graveside services, shipping arrangements and direct cremations with memorial services.
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