Earl Charles Fenner, 70, of Terre Haute, Indiana, passed away in his home on March 20, 2017, with his family at his side. He was born Aug. 10, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, to Raymond E. G. Fenner and Eleanor H. (Schweitzerhof) Fenner. Earl graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in anthropology, served in the United States Air Force, was a Vietnam veteran and was a retired air traffic controller. From the time he was a teenager, Earl was a part of many Native American communities, the Native American Church and multiple drum groups. He was a head singer across the country at various powwows and was a repository for Native American music, its importance and value.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Faith (Ricke) Fenner; children, Leah Gray (Richard), Jennifer Lanman (Tony) and Jesse Fenner; grandchildren, Gabrielle Willis (Rudy), Zachary Auterson, Olivia Kyle, Paiden Auterson, Margaret Kyle and Shayne Gray; great-grandchildren, Emmerson Willis, Killian Willis, Amelia Cherry and Fallon Willis; brother, Raymond Fenner (Barbara); sister, Leslie White; and nephew, Jack White; as well as his extended Ponca, Comanche and Osage families. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Brian Fenner; and brother-in-law, Rocky White.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the family home, 6360 E. Old Maple Ave., Terre Haute, Indiana, on Thursday, March 23, 2017, with service and committal immediately following. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Ponca Indian United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2701, Ponca City, OK 74602; White Bear Society, 1936 55th Place, Downers Grove, IL 60515; Native American Church of the Morning Star, 1623 Olson Road, Manistee, MI 49660; or SIA Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative, P.O. Box 341, Cyril, OK 73029. Care and arrangements have been entrusted to Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 N. 13th St., Terre Haute, Indiana. Online condolences may be made at:
Published on March 21, 2017