Frank Fairbanks

Frank Sumner Fairbanks, aged 101, passed away at Golden Living Care Center in La Crescent, Minn. on Feb. 26, 2012.

He was born in a sod house in Emerson, N.D. on Aug. 10, 1910 to Darrel J. and Mabel M. (Eberhard) Fairbanks. Frank farmed in 11 different decades as well as having many different side occupations. He was a musician, private pilot, painter, weed inspector, and a columnist for a local newspaper in his later years.

Frank is survived by his daughter Diane (Mrs. Gary) Fischer, his son Thomas Fairbanks and three granddaughters: Lori, Lisa, and Kari Fischer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Meta (Schnick) Fairbanks, his parents, and his brothers Adam and Sydney Fairbanks.

Arrangements are being handled by Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crescent. Private memorial services will be scheduled for a later date. Cards can be sent to Thomas Fairbanks, 8365 Fairbanks Dr., Houston Minn. 55943. Online guestbook is available at