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.