Warner M. Fabian

Warner M. Fabian

Warner M. "Skip" Fabian

Warner M. "Skip" Fabian, 78, a U.S. Army veteran, and

retired banker, passed away at Peace Hospice Residence Center on Friday, April 11, 2008, in Great Falls, Mont.

He was born in Wichita, Kans., a son of Jonathan Fabian and Elizabeth (Potter) Fabian. He joined the U.S. Army directly out of high school, and was stationed in Korea. He entered helicopter training and retired after eight years of service. He and Charlene Combs were married in Kansas City in 1970.

He started his banking career in Denver, and continued on it at Colorado Springs, Lincoln, Montana, Coos Bay, Ore., and Medford, Ore. His career began in collections and he retired as a senior vice-president and loan administrator. He was also an insurance finance manager for Bison Motors, in Great Falls, Mont., and Uncle Bud's Chevrolet, in Cottage Grove, Ore. After retiring, he then opened a mortgage company in Medford, Ore., and at the age of 70, he opened the "Missouri Breaks" Coffee Shop, in Great Falls, Mont., to make his wife's dream come true.

He was on the board of directors of Living Opportunities, and was a member of the following: Big Brother's

Organization, Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the

American Institute of Banking Instructors. He was an avid sports fan, particularly enjoying golf, fishing, reading, and traveling in the RV.

In addition to his wife, Charlene, of Great Falls, Mont., other survivors include daughters; Debbra Lovitt and Candice Spangler, of Las Vegas, Nev.; sons, Michael Fabian, of

Istanbul, Turkey, and Ryan Fabian, of Portland, Ore.;

grandchildren, Stacey Lovitt, and Seth Spangler; and great-grandchildren, Brooke and Logan Spangler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a

sister, Gloria.

He left this world in a most peaceful way. He knew who he was and where he would go when this life was through. The one thing he regretted most in life was that he had smoked for so many years as it made these last four years so difficult physically.

Cremation will take place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory, and memorial services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2008, at the

WestSide United Methodist Church, in Great Falls, Mont.

Burial with military honors will be at Highland Cemetary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Peace Hospice, 1101 26th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405, or perform a "Random Act of Kindness" for someone.

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