Melvin H. Fairbanks

Melvin H. Fairbanks, age 76 of Harris, died peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2012 at his residence with family by his side.

Melvin was born on October 29, 1935 in North Branch to Edson and Violet (Swanson) Fairbanks.  He was raised in North Branch and attended North Branch Schools graduating in 1953.

Melvin served in the U.S. Air Force from January 1955 to November 1958.  He married Jeanine Bjorklund on April 16, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch.

Melvin worked as a Shell Bulk Fuel Delivery driver for many years and later worked as a press operator for Branch Manufacturing.

He loved Farmall Tractor Collecting, farming, country living, bowling and ice fishing.

He was a long time member of the Harris American Legion as well as the Harris Covenant Church where he served as a Trustee, Treasurer and on the Cemetery Board.

Melvin was often seen attending many of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and events throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanine, children, Brad (Stacy) Fairbanks of Almelund, Brian Fairbanks of Harris, Beth (Steve) Berggren of North Branch; grandchildren, John Miranda, Hudson Fairbanks, Lillian Fairbanks, Caitlyn Fairbanks, Ethan Fairbanks, Kevin Fairbanks, Eric Berggren, Cami Berggren and Kari Berggren; sisters, Joyce (Orman) Beecher of Rock Creek, Janice (Jerome) Nelson of North Branch; brothers, Dale (Sharon) Fairbanks of North Branch, Delmer (Jean) Fairbanks of North Branch and Jim (Pat) Fairbanks of Harris; sisters-in-law, Delores Fairbanks of North Branch, Walene Fairbanks of St. Cloud, Shirley Fairbanks of Forest Lake and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edson and Violet, brothers, Gerald, Kenneth and Eugene Fairbanks.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2012 at the Harris Covenant Church with Rev. Neil Bonkowski officiating.  Music was provided by Jane Erickson, Gene Van Alstine and Steve Berggren.

Visitation was held on Sunday, February 26 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch from 4-7 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service at church on Monday.

Interment followed at the Harris Covenant Cemetery.  Military honors were provided by the Harris American Legion Post #139.

Serving as casket bearers were Melvin’s children and grandchildren.

Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch.

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