Lee Erwin Fairchild, a beloved rancher, farmer, and dedicated community member, has passed away at the age of 92 in Mandan, North Dakota. He was born on January 28, 1931, in Tuttle, North Dakota, and his life was an embodiment of hard work, passion, and love for his family and his land.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 14, 2023 at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.
Lee was a true North Dakotan at heart, finding great joy and fulfillment in the ranching and farming industry. The sprawling fields and rolling hills of Dakota were an integral part of his life, shaping his character and fostering an unwavering connection to the land.
In addition to his devotion to farming and ranching, Lee found solace and enjoyment on the golf course. Many fond memories were created while playing leisurely rounds with friends, showcasing his competitive spirit and love for the game.
However, Lee's greatest source of pride and happiness came from his family. He cherished the moments spent with his son, Steve, and was exceptionally proud of the next generations he helped cultivate. His grandchildren, Cory, Lee, and Riley, and his seven great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Chanel, Cassidy, Caleb, Jaxon, Maddox, and Presley were the light of his life, bringing immeasurable joy and love into his world.
Lee served his country with honor during the Korean War period as a member of the United States Air Force. His dedication, loyalty, and protective nature extended from his family to his fellow servicemen. Lee's time in the Air Force instilled in him a strong sense of duty and an unwavering commitment to his principles.
After his military service, Lee continued to contribute to his community through various roles within the state of North Dakota. He worked diligently for the highway department, ensuring safe and efficient travel for his fellow North Dakotans. Additionally, Lee served as a water treatment and boiler plant operator, dedicating himself to providing essential resources and services to the community.
Following a life filled with hard work and dedication to his family and community, Lee retired in Mandan, North Dakota. He leaves behind a legacy of resilience, honesty, and love for North Dakota and its people. Though deeply missed, his presence will continue to resonate within the hearts of all who had the honor of knowing him.
In honoring the life of Lee Erwin Fairchild, we remember his unwavering dedication to his land, family, and community. May his memory forever inspire us to live with the same compassion, love, and strength that he demonstrated throughout his remarkable life. He is survived by his son, Steve Earl Fairchild, and his two adopted daughters Peggy Pearlman and Pam Deutscher.