Xander Fauser Obituary, Death – After passing away on Monday, June 5, 2023, Xander Wayne Fauser, who was 16 years old and lived in Bucyrus, is being and will continue to be missed by many friends and loved ones. It was on June 27, 2006 in the city of Galion that he was brought into the world. His parents are Steve Fauser and Nyoka S. “Nikki” (Kegley) Fauser. Xander had a deep affection for animals from a very young age. Over the course of his life, he has provided care for a variety of animals, including guinea pigs, chameleons, and even a bearded dragon.
His love of animals gradually evolved to include a wide variety of sports, with football and weightlifting being his particular passions. During his time playing youth football at Col. Crawford, he was most comfortable playing the center position. When he got to high school, though, he switched positions and started playing guard and nose guard instead. It was always one of his goals to play running back, and he did get the opportunity to do so on a few different occasions; but, the team’s demands were better met by him playing one of the other positions.
Xander participated in the football team for two years and was recognized by the North Carolina Ohio Football Coaches Association as an Honorable Mention player. Xander’s routine for getting ready for football included frequent trips to the weight room, where he excelled at powerlifting. He was able to move a significant amount of weight when bench pressing and executing squats, but it was his deadlift weight of 515 pounds that won him the title of Col. Crawford and broke the school record that had been held by his father. Xander had recently finished his junior year at Pioneer, during which he had been performing quite well in the school’s welding department.
Xander was exceptionally talented in all four of the different types of welding that were covered in class, and he was ecstatic to be a part of a team that won first place in the district skills competition and also came in fourth place at the state level. Xander was a huge fan of tractors, particularly the “red” models. When he wasn’t behind the wheel, you could frequently find him working on one. In the past, he had the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working for local farms, and at the present time, he was employed as a mechanic at Flick’s Truck Service in Galion.
Xander was always available to lend a hand with a repair, and he and his pals would spend hours at a time in his garage grinding, welding, and wrenching on various things in order to improve them. He never feared tearing something apart, as he always had YouTube to fall back on, should he need assistance with a project. Xander is survived by his mother, Nikki Fauser; his father, Steve Fauser (Rhonda Byerly); his sister, Xara (whom he thought the world of); his maternal grandmother, Sherry (Larry) Winch; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Fauser; three aunts, Dori (Kevin) Bishop and their son Blaine Bishop; Rhonda (Jay) Winks and their children, Kirsten Miner, Braxton, and Bentley Win
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ronald Kegley and his paternal grandfather, Lyle Fauser as well as great grandparents. There are a lot of friends and family members hurting right now, so as everyone gathers, focus on and share with one another the good memories had with Xander. These memories can be shared with his family at calling hours from 1 – 4 pm Sunday, June 11 at Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, June 12 at the Bucyrus Nazarene Church, 2165 OH-4, with Bishop Ted Thomas officiating.
Please consider wearing your Col. Crawford spirit wear to any services attended. His family specifically requests that, in lieu of flowers and only if desired, any donations be payable to Wise Funeral Service or the Col. Crawford Athletic Boosters. Photos and memories are encouraged to be shared on Xander’s tribute wall at www.wisefuneral.com.