Eddie Fager helped found St. Raymond's

DOWNEY - Edward William Fager, a founding member of St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Downey, passed away Jan. 17.Fager was born Aug. 5, 1922. He grew up in St. Paul, Kans. and moved to California in 1941. He married the former Lenore Volmer, from Parsons, Kans., in 1942. He served in the military (Coast Artillery) at Ford Worden, Wash. for three years.He then returned to California where he owned and operated Fager's Body, Fender and Paint Shop on Firestone Boulevard in South Gate for 37 years before retiring in 1984. Fager was an active participant in the monthly Mechanics Forum of the Viajeros Motorhome Club, and was also a member of the Los Otros Motorhome Club. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lenore; three daughters Carolyn Alexander, Colleen (Tony) Van Horn, and Joanne Fager; son Roger (JJ) Fager; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings Olive Mae, Ronald, Raymond, Doris and George; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Callistus, Harold and Ralph. A visitation will be held today at Miller-Mies Mortuary in Downey from 4-7 p.m., followed by a vigil. A funeral mass will take place at St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Downey Saturday at noon. Internment will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. St. Raymond's church hall will host a reception afterwards. ********** Published: January 23, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 40