E. Grant Fager

May 3, 2021


E. Grant Fager, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 3, 2021 at the age of 77 years old.

Grant was born on August 24,1943 in Portland, Indiana to parents E. Grant Sr. and Helen (Todd) Fager. He grew up in Dunkirk, and graduated a Speedcat from Dunkirk High School in 1961 where he managed the basketball team. He met the love of his life, Martha “Lana” VanHorn, of Pennville, in March 1962 and they married on September 7, 1963. He was a lifetime resident and ardent supporter of the Dunkirk community where he served as Mayor, on City Council and on the Dunkirk Fire Department for 25 years. He worked for Stewart Brothers Furniture in downtown Dunkirk for 44 years, and West Jay Middle School for 6 years.

Those who know Grant knew him as a selfless, proud and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, an avid fan of the Indiana Hoosiers, an infectious lover of dogs, a wandering outdoorsman,  and as a serial spreader of wisdom (and of ever-so-slightly tall tales). You couldn’t spend more than a moment in his presence without leaving with a smile on your face.

Grant is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lana Fager; son, Doug (Karen) Fager; daughter, Jill (Mike) Wells; grandsons, Tyler (Amanda) and Ethan (Erin) Fager, Spencer and Grant Wells; and great-grandson Clark Fager. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ralph Fager, and sister, June Ellen Messersmith.

Arrangements have been made by Wilson Shook Funeral Home, Dunkirk Memorial Chapel, and private graveside services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Lana Fager, and donations may be made in Grant’s name to the Church of the Nazarene in Dunkirk. Online condolences may be expressed at

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