Thane J Fake Memorial 1972-2018

This post is dedicated to Thane Fake Memorial 1972-2018. He left this earth on September 13, 2018. He was strong and courageous in his battle with lung cancer.

Thane was known for his loyalty to Penn State, his large and diverse group of friends, his service to the United States at the Justice Department, and his politics.

Life of Thane J Fake

Thane J Fake was born in York, on May 10, 1972, the son of Ray E Fake and the late Stephanie L (Mohr) Fake. Thane graduated from Penn State University in 1998 with a B.S. in Public Service.  After graduation, he was involved in mentoring potential students to attend Penn State.

He began his career at the U.S. Department of Justice with a Presidential Appointment as Staff Assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno. From that position, he received numerous promotions until his disability retirement from the Department of Justice.

Thane was active in the Democratic party and a collector of political memorabilia. Over the past 20 years, he would attend family outings at Aunt Amy’s, (Amy Fake Leiphart), and Aunt Linda’s (Linda Fake Fischer). In more recent years outings were with his Cousin Sherrie Leiphart Strayer.

When he arrived at these family gatherings two things happened- He brought his favorite party drink and was always ready to discuss politics. In the earlier years at Aunt Amy’s when Thane and Josh arrived, we had enough young men to play tag football. At all gatherings, we had plenty of great food, family fellowship, and activities for younger folks. 

Thane’s Passion- Penn State Football

Over the years we enjoyed numerous football games and tailgating with Thane, his dad Ray, his brother Josh, cousin Brian, nephew Kobe, and friends. He was continuously pumped up for Penn State sports where his enthusiasm level was found on Facebook and in text messages. Always…GO PENN STATE…GO PENN STATE.

Thane J Fake at Penn State Football

FR Josh, Ronald, and Ray Fake

BR Thane, Kobe, and Brian Fake

Cancer Story

Thane called from his bed at York Hospital and gave me the bad news of lung cancer. The next day we were at his bedside for support.  Since then we made many visits to the York Hospital and a more recent visit to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to support Thane during his radiation treatments.

My brother Ray at a young 76 deserves a shout-out for his constant support in helping Thane, especially during his last several years. Ray took up residence with Thane to help with the basics plus mowing the lawn and gardening. When Thane could not drive Ray drove to the doctor appointments and hospital stays. His brother Josh and friends also made many contributions supporting Thane.

Thane was responsible for encouraging his dad Ray to get proper treatment for his bout with anal cancer. He deserves credit for lining up great doctors for radiation and eventual removal of Ray’s tumor leaving him cancer-free.

Thane Was Social

Thane was instrumental in starting a long-running series of luncheon meetings with a text message- let’s meet at Hoss’s for lunch in East York. The participants were Thane, his dad Ray, Pam ( my fiance), and myself. Sometimes additional friends would join us and once a doctor joined us for lunch. Thane knew that this would help to bring his dad and uncle closer.

Thane was responsible for the organization of the family Veterans Day lunch at McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant. The deal was a free lunch for the family of Navy veterans- his dad and myself. He sometimes invited other military veterans to lunch. We always had a great time at Inner Harbor, Baltimore.

Inner Harbor Baltimore
Veterans Day Lunch Meeting

Thane, Ronald, Pam, Ray, Josh

One could follow Thane’s social calendar thru his Facebook posts. You knew where he was, what food was being consumed, and his meal partners. When there was no FB post from Thane for several days, my text message went out to inquire about his status. Most likely he had a bad experience with his cancer drugs.


Thane in tux for thanksgiving dinner

Thane in Tuxes with father Ray and brother Josh


Over the years we routinely invited Thane, his dad Ray, his brother Josh and my son Ronald for Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner.  The last Thanksgiving we had with Thane he showed up wearing a tuxedo. We had no dress code.  After our meal, Thane was headed to the Capital Jaguar Owners club for his second Thanksgiving dinner.

Hope for Thane

Thane, his relatives, and his friends always had great hope to find that drug to eliminate cancer from his body.

Now Thane rests in peace enjoying Penn State football from the ultimate stadium. This week our team is 5-0 and ranked 11th nationally. They may have the talent to win the National Championship this season.

Thane Fake Memorial 1972-2018

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Thane J Fake Scholarship Fund online at

By Uncle Ron (Ronald L. Fake) 1940-

Please note this post is an update from the original memorial post of October 11, 2018.

Ronald L. Fake

Pennsylvania native from York County. After graduating from Wrightsville High School enlisted in U.S. Navy. While in the Navy working in the field of Aviation Electronics decided to enroll in college. Selected San Diego State University with a focus on urban geography and environmental studies. After graduation in 1968 worked with county and state governments, and private industry on the environmental impacts of transportation projects. After retirement started my ancestry research and today I am writing that history as a blog at