Class of 1959
Logansport High School
Logansport, Indiana

Edward Paul Fasnacht
January 3, 1942 - October 8, 2007

     Edward Paul Fasnacht died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 8, 2007, after a period of serious illness. He was born on January 3, 1942, in Logansport, Indiana, to Edward P and Idella Fasnacht.
     Following in his father's footsteps, Ed was interested in the jewelry business after having a taste of his parents' business, Fasnacht Jewelry, in Logansport and eventually returned to that business.
     Ed graduated from Logansport High School with the class of 1959 and went on to DePauw University where he received his BA in economics.  He was a veteran, serving as a Lieutenant in the US Navy from 1961-1968 while in Vietnam.  Ed was awarded both the Navy Commendation Medal and Bronze Star Medal for his service.
     Following his years in the Navy, Ed returned to Logansport and worked in the family business until 1970. He then joined the Dayton-Hudson Corporation working at three different locations in San Diego, California, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He finally returned to the family business in Logansport again in 1976 and became secretary-treasurer, where he designed and implemented payroll and inventory systems.
     After twenty years in the family business, Ed joined AGS Laboratories in Las Vegas in operations before becoming a client service manager. Highly regarded for his breadth of industry experience and vast network of contacts, Ed became a certified gemologist for the American Gem Society..
     Ed served in numerous volunteer activities throughout the industry.  He was a past member of jewelers of America, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, and a past chair of the Indiana Guild for the American Gem Society and served as past president for the Indiana Jewelers Association.
     Survivors include his wife Jackie in Las Vegas, a daughter Gretchen in Noblesville, Indiana, a son Eddie (and wife) in Las Vegas; a step-son John and two step-daughters Nicole and Amy; and one granddaughter, Jade.
     
     (This information was gleaned from Internet articles and with the assistance of his daughter Gretchen.) (5-14-08)