Paul Edward Fancler, 1941-2006

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Former Steamboat Springs resident Paul Edward Fancler died July 8, 2006, surrounded by his family at Loyola University Hospital in Chicago, after a courageous battle against leukemia. He was 65.

Paul was born Dec. 10, 1941.

He worked at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort from 1974 to 1984. Paul opened the Monterey Sheraton Hotel in 1984, where he worked as chief engineer until 1992. He then opened the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in 1992, where he worked as director of engineering until January 2006. Paul was an expert engineer and a consummate professional. A man who believed in disciplined organization and hard work, he earned the respect of all those who worked with him.

Paul was a devoted husband, proud father, caring brother, lovable uncle and friend and hero to all who knew him. He was a Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War.

A legendary outdoorsman, he fished the waters of California and the streams of the Rockies, bow-hunted game big and small, skied Steamboat Springs and sought adventure on countless road trips throughout North America. He taught everyone who experienced nature with him to respect and cherish the environment.

Paul is survived by his wife, Peggy Conlon Fancler; his children Rory, Meghan, Shane, and Molly; and his loyal dog, Wrigley, of Wheaton, Ill.; his sisters Mary Delle and her husband, Robert Welton, of Littleton and Jane Dawson of Irvine, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Paul's life was held July 14, 2006, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. A private ceremony will follow in California.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Trust for Public Land.

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