Raymond Fairbanks 1924-2018
Raymond K. Fairbanks, 94, Larkinburg, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at the Midland at Linnwood Nursing Home in Valley Falls.
He was born Jan. 19, 1924, at Onaga, the son of Ira and Carolina Albin Fairbanks. He graduated from Onaga High School in 1942.
Mr. Fairbanks was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served from 1943 to 1946 at Saipan, Okinawa, and with the army occupational force in Japan. He later retired from Goodyear in Topeka and was a farmer and stockman.
He was a member of Larkinburg Christian Church and since 1951, a member of Mayetta Masonic Lodge 393, AF&AM. He was a member of the first Jackson Heights Honor Flight.
He married Irene V. Neal on Nov. 6, 1946, in Holton. She died Oct. 22, 2011. He also was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings.
Survivors include a son, Randy Fairbanks and wife Tammy, Eureka Springs, Ark.; a daughter, Kristi Springstead and husband Wayne, Holton; a great-nephew, Dan Fairbanks and wife Candy, in Michigan; six grandchildren, Kari Irvin and husband Patrick, Kurtis Springstead and wife Rachel, Kadi Atteberry and husband Mike, Bailey Springstead, Justin Fairbanks and wife Casie and Amber Fairbanks; and 13 great-grandchildren, Alex and Kelsea Irvin, Adalease, Lillian and Logan Springstead, Charlotte, Sadie and Kacy Atteberry, Kaitly, Lexi, Piper and Aspen Fairbanks and Jacob Wilson.
Memorial services with Masonic rites will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Larkinburg Christian Church. Inurnment with military honors for Mr. Fairbanks and his wife will follow in Larkinburg Cemetery. Family and friends will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Larkinburg Christian Church or Jefferson County Friends of Hospice, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436.