Larry Dean Fairchild

Larry Dean Fairchild, Overbrook, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Barrett, KS to Elias (Dick) Fairchild and Nellie (Hidy) Fairchild on February 17, 1946. He grew up in Marshall County, KS and graduated from Vermillion High School.

Larry was a Vietnam Veteran having proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps from 1965-1969. He served with the 7th Motor Transport Btn, B Company in Vietnam from 1966-1967. In recent years, Larry enjoyed traveling to various parts of the country for reunions with the men he served with in Vietnam. He has been a member of VFW Post 257 for 40 years. Larry was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing, hunting, camping, and riding motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVs. He loved sharing these activities with his many friends and family – especially his grandchildren. He also loved to restore old trucks and tractors and he enjoyed driving his restored AC tractors in the Power of the Past parades in past years. Larry was also a huge KU basketball fan, loudly cheering them on from his man cave recliner. He worked for LRM Industries for many years and for Sunflower Cement Finishing and he had a lawn mowing business.

Larry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jolene (Jo) as well as one son, Larry Fairchild, Jr (Jessica), Topeka, KS and one daughter, Crystal Tinch (Chris), Overbrook, KS. He also leaves behind his seven beloved grandchildren, Garrett, Shelby, Hailey and Brianna Fairchild and Taylor, Jordan and Alyssa Tinch as well as four step grandchildren, Zechariah Grubb, Jeshua and Destiny Mills and Chelsea Tinch. He is also survived by four brothers, Kenneth Fairchild, Vermillion, KS, Robert Fairchild (Marilyn), Vermillion, KS, John Fairchild, Wellington, KS and Jim Fairchild (Paula), Abilene, KS and one sister, Irene Joyce, Marysville, KS. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as three sisters, Helen Paden, Mildred Pierson and Lois Isaman and five brothers Oliver, Lyle, Wayne, Bill and Ron Fairchild.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 19 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. with rosary recited at 5:00 p.m. at Warren McElwain Mortuary. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Lawrence. Burial will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Seneca, KS.

Contributions may be made to the veterans group of your choice, the American Cancer Society, or Corpus Christi Catholic Church and sent in care of the mortuary.

12 Condolences

  1. Kenneth and Joann Willits on July 16, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Larry was a great friend and co-worker. Larry was well thought of at LRM for his work and his humor. Our prayers are with all of you at this time.

  2. Gary Taylor on July 16, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Our thoughts & Prayers are with his family
    He was a good friend for years.
    Gary & Roxy Taylor

  3. Theresa Massey on July 16, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    So sorry for your loss Jolene. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Kurt and Fran Schreiner on July 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Prayers and Sympathy to the Fairchild Family.

  5. Sandy & Kenny Yarger on July 17, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    So sorry for your loss Jolene. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

  6. Rus and Sharon Stalcup Rohlman on July 18, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and the family Jolene! You are all in our thoughts and Prayers!
    One day at a time Jolene, just take things slow and easy!
    Love to you from us.

  7. Rick Ray on July 18, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Fondest of memories of Larry, from LRM days & Sunflower. Sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed. Thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends!

  8. Larry Swanson on July 18, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Larry Fairchild family,
    Larry was an older friend growing up in Vermillion KS in the 50’s/60’s. God bless his life and prayers to his family.

  9. Rob and Shannon Fletcher on July 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Our family was sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. You guys were such great neighbors when we lived across the road. I’ll never forget the first time it snowed when we lived there. We woke up and someone had cleared our driveway. We found out much later that it had been Larry, and he continued to clear it the entire time we lived there. He was such a kind man and I know you will all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Bill on July 18, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    So sorry to read about Larry, Jolene. I wish you the best at this difficult time.

  11. Rena Rouse on July 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that you lost your husband, Jolene. May you find peace in all of the good memories.

  12. Rose Anne on February 11, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    He was in my gradeschool a year ahead of me. He was kind. I hurt a garter snake while we were on an outdoor science class. Larry chastised me for being so careless and “cruel.”. He was right. So many in my classes have died the last few years. Several years now but consolation to all the family.

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