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Louis F. Fairchild

Cedar Rapids

Louis F. Fairchild of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away surrounded by family on Aug. 10, 2018, at the age of 79.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Marcella "Sally" (Hogge) Fairchild, whom he married on Jan. 2, 1982. He also is survived by son, Steve, and grandsons, Kayle and Gabriel, all of Lisbon, Iowa; daughter, Anne Fairchild of Cedar Rapids; sisters, Jeanette Manville of Santa Fe, N.M., Suzi (Ron) Zwemke of Sandy, Utah, and Mary (Peter) Kolb of Dunedin, Fla.; brother-in-law, Don (Clarice) Nolte of Edina, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Hannah (Barlau) Fairchild; sisters, Marceline Nolte, Marjorie Smith and Shirley Fairchild; and brother, Hubert Fairchild.
Born Jan. 1, 1939, on a farm near Mayer, Minn., Lou was the first boy of eight children. He graduated from Franklin Senior High School in 1956 and attended Valparaiso University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and received a degree in mechanical engineering. He was stationed in Boblingen, Germany, with the U.S. Army. After joining Iowa Manufacturing/Cedarapids, Inc., as an intern during college, he became director of production engineering. He received multiple patents, traveled the world and retired after 35 years with the company.
Lou was an active member and past president of Thursday Noon Optimists, member and past board member of First Lutheran Church, former member of Elmcrest Country Club and member of Marion Legion Post 298. Lou was a passionate golfer who always was straight down the middle of the fairway and shot his age at both 72 and 74. He always enjoyed being around others at work and play. He always made whatever he did fun and enjoyable for everyone around him.
Visitation: Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4200 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Funeral and Celebration of Life: Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403, with viewing at 10 a.m. Burial: private.
Heartfelt thanks to the outstanding people who cared for Lou and his family through St. Luke's, PCI, Hospice of Mercy, the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House and the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon.
Please leave a message for the family on our web page, www.cedarmemorial.com, under obituaries.
Donations may be made to First Lutheran Church, the Zach Johnson Foundation and Horizons Meals on Wheels.