Claude Franklin Fairchild, 78, was born Nov. 3, 1934. He passed away April 3, 2013.
On Sept. 3, 1954, he was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Eason. They had two children, Charles Joseph Chadwick and Kelly Ann Chadwick. Claude loved them very much.
Claude and Shirley lived on a nice farm southeast of El Dorado Springs. They milked dairy cows a few years and had lots of pigs and horses.
Claude served in the Army in 1957, and then worked at the milk plant in El Dorado Springs for 15 years, then 3M in Nevada, Missouri for 28 years until he retired.
Claude loved the Lord, he was saved and enjoyed going to church.
He loved hunting with his foxhounds, fishing, gardening and helping his wife with her flowers. Claude also loved spending time with friends and family. He was always happy and outgoing. He would help anyone in need.
Claude was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, of 57 years, and a brother, Bill.
He is survived by his two children, Charles Joseph Fairchild and wife, Carla, and Kelly Ann and husband, David Loane; seven grandchildren – Kayla Lynn, Ashley Marie and Blake Joseph Fairchild, and Sabrina, Bethany, Mary, and Clayton Loane; one sister, Marylin Catherine Fairchild; three nephews – Jerry, Norman and wife, Cindy, and Donnie; two great- nephews, Chris and Mathew; two great-nieces, Julie and Michelle; other relatives and many friends.
Claude was a loving father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all whom knew him and loved him.
Services were held Wednesday, April 10, in Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with Brother Bobby Budd officiating. Songs were “Washed In The Blood,” “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away.” The Juliet Team, VFW Post #257, provided military honors. Casketbearers were Brian Budd, Gene Jackson, Brent Budd, Shawn Loane, David Loane and James Coleman. Interment was in Hazel Dell Cemetery, southeast of El Dorado Springs, under direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.