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Franklyn Eugene "Gene" Fairman, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 7, 2014 from his home in Loveland, Colorado. Gene was born January 20, 1926 in Monroe, Wisconsin to Venetia Sadie Stoldt Fairman and Floyd Irving Fairman. They moved to Kentucky when he was an infant. He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church as a child of God as an infant and confirmed his faith as an adult with the Rev. Herbert Bruggemann at Mt. Olive Lutheran church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 27, 1947. Gene grew up in Paducah and Lexington Kentucky returning to Wisconsin in 1939. He graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee and enlisted in the Marine Corp. After boot camp at San Diego, he joined the 4th Division at Camp Pendleton as a field Artillery Fire Control man in the 14th Marines. He fought with the Fourth at Marshall Islands Kwajalein Atoll, Saipan Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He met Lillian Militzer after returning to Milwaukee and on August 23, 1947 they were married by Rev. Bruggemann at Mt Olive Lutheran Church. Gene attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Metro State College, Denver, nights. He moved to Colorado in 1956 joining Trinity Lutheran Church in Denver where Gene was an Elder of the congregation and at one time it's Vice President. In 1987 Gene retired from Ball Metal Container and the family moved to Loveland where he joined Immanuel Lutheran Church. Gene and his wife were instrumental in starting Compassionate Friends - a part of the churches Human Care Ministry. Gene was involved in the Stephens Ministry and also volunteered at Loveland's Visitor Center and at the Chilson Senior Center. He enjoyed both woodworking and stained glass work and loved camping and taking drives in the mountains. His wife Lillian died in April of 2003 after 56 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife Mary, his twin daughters Jeaneen Ruth Brown and husband Lonis of Eureka Montana and Kathleen Anita Spritzer and husband Donald of Missoula, Montana, and brothers William (and Rosemarie) of Chicago, Illinois and Robert of Greenbay, Wisconsin; sister-in-law Ruth Militzer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grandchildren Mark and wife Natali Spritzer of Vancouver B.C., Greg Spitzer of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Cheryl and husband Kirk Coles and great-granddaughters Hannah and Sarah of Spokane, Washington; Lori and husband Mike Zahler of Bozeman, Montana; and Ricky Brown and wife Kayla and their 2 daughters of Helena, Montana. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews Memorial services will take place on Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:00 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4659 Sunview Drive, Loveland. Burial of cremains will follow services at 1:15pm at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Memorial gifts may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School and/or the c/o Viegut Funeral Home. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences.

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Feb. 11, 2014
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