Richard A. Fairbanks

Richard A. Fairbanks, 81, of Kiantone, passed away in his home on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born June 16, 1932, in Jamestown, the son of John Lee and Leona Shaw Fairbanks.

A Kiantone resident since 1971, Richard was a 1950 graduate of Falconer Central School. In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Mediterranean during the Korean War. He had been employed by the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 33 years in February 1998.

He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who had dedicated his life to his Lord. He loved to spend time in his workshop, where he created many treasured keepsakes for his family. When he moved to Kiantone, he and his wife built a house, but their greatest accomplishment was making it a loving home.

Surviving are his wife, the former Norma I. Vik, whom he married June 16, 1962, in Kennedy; five children: Lisa (Mark) Johnson and Karen Fairbanks of Kiantone, Jeffrey (Susan) Fairbanks of Falconer, Nicole (Jeffrey) Swanson of Clay, N.Y., and Jessica Fairbanks of Jamestown; six grandchildren: Erik (Jessica) Swanson of Bloomington, Ind., Emily (John) Frentz of Jamestown, Aryn (Tristan) Franklin of El Paso, Texas, Jacob (Jennifer) Johnson of Kiantone, and Brianna and Tyler Swanson of Clay, N.Y.; one great-grandchild: Ava Franklin of El Paso, Texas; three brothers: Myron (Judy) Fairbanks and Gordon (LeAnn) Fairbanks of Sinclairville, and Robert Fairbanks of Jamestown; three sisters: Genevieve (Frank) Arnold of Kingston Springs, Tenn., Marjorie Hiller of Falconer, and Clarice (Norman) Carlson of Dalton, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his dog, Sam.

Richard was preceded in death by five brothers: John Lee Jr., Stuart, Donald, Dennis and James; and one sister, Lois Swanson.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, in the Kiantone Congregational Church. The Rev. Mel McGinnis will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Kiantone.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the Falconer Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service on Friday in the church.

Memorials may be made to the Kiantone Congregational Church, 646 Kiantone Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.

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