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Donald E. Fair

March 1, 1927 - July 17, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date July 20, 2018

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Donald E. Fair, 91, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Otterbein Cridersville. He was born March 1, 1927 to Walter and Gertrude (Matson) Fair-Oard of Delphos. Both preceded him in death. On February 28, 1953 he married Betty Jane Bolen who passed away on June 4, 2012. Mr Fair was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, his brother, Roland Fair, a half-sister Beth Ann Knebel and sisters, Rita Brunk and Rosemary Settlage. His sister, Lois Markward survives.
Surviving family also include a daughter, Donette (David) Roosenberg of Lima, his son, Gregory (Charisse) Fair of Spring Lake, MI, a grandson he was extremely proud of, Tyler (Natasha) Fair, also of Spring Lake, and two great-granddaughters, Layla and Daphne Fair.
A member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church for well over 60 years, Don was proud of both his service to his church and to his country. As part of America’s greatest generation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country from 1945 to 1950, having served in Both WWII and Korean Wars. Mr. Fair served in the Pacific on several destroyers during that time, including the U.S.S. Norris, U.S.S. Irwin, and the U.S.S. Yosemite. His travels took him to the Philippines, Guam, Okinawa Japan, and China.
After serving his country, Mr. Fair went on to work for the United States Postal Service, where he retired after 38 years. Mr. Fair started his Postal career as a Railway Mail Clerk on the Penn-Central Railway. He worked long hours to provide for his family, sorting mail on the train, as it ran from Pittsburgh to Chicago and back again. He later acquired the position of Postal Service Account Representative. Don made many near and very dear friends from his Postal Career, and whose company he enjoyed up to the end of his life. His Postal Service legacy lives on in an exhibit created in his honor at the Delphos Museum of Postal History.
Don was a member of the VFW Post 1275, the American Legion Post 96, F.O.E. Aerie 370, and the National Association of retired federal employees. Don’s most treasured memories were of those spent with family on vacations, seeing Frank Sinatra perform with his Daughter Donette, and going on the 2016 Honor Flight to Washington DC with his son Greg. Don was very much looking forward to the reuniting with his wife and infant daughter again. A special Thank You to all the nurses, staff, and care givers through Lima Memorial Hospital, Putnam County Hospice, and Otterbein.
Services will begin at 11:00 am Friday at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES SHAWNEE CHAPEL with Rev. Ted Bible officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military Honors will be performed by the U.S. Navy and VFW Post 1275.
Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday at Shawnee Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.


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