The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001028542-01
Funeral Notices

COL. REGINALD K. FANSLER (RET.) Reginald King Fansler, age 100, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in Gainesville, Florida. He was born on October 18, 1916 in St. Cloud, Missouri. Reg grew up on his family’s farm. He decided early that farming was not his calling. He wanted to see the world, answering the Army’s call in 1936, and took basic training in the Philippines. Reg was commissioned as an officer in 1943. A founding member of the Military Police Corps, he served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He met Avis, his wife of 59 years, in Germany after WWII where she was part of Special Services. Retirement as a Colonel came in 1971 after 34 years of service. He received the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and many commendations. Following his Army career, Reg was the Chief of Law Enforcement for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources until 1978. Reg and Avis moved to Honolulu, and enjoyed many years with his Fansler Ohana until they moved to Gainesville in 2007. Reg’s beloved wife Avis passed away in 2009. He continued to enjoy life. He is survived by his children Marilyn (and Andy), Susan (and Jim), and Mark (and Cheryl); grandchildren Katherine (and Kevin), Blair, Jay, Matthew, and Sarah; great grandchildren Sophia, Nathan and Mackenzie. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. This loving, generous, gentle man will be missed by many people. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Transitions of Pennsylvania, a center serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking at or PO Box 170, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Please visit his memorial page at