John A. Fairchild III
John Arnold Fairchild III, age 67, of Wamego, Kansas, died Tuesday evening, March 14, 2017, at his residence surrounded by family.
He was born on November 29, 1949, in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Dr. John A. Fairchild, Jr. and Margaret L. (Laughlin) Fairchild. John attended local schools where he graduated from Manhattan High in 1968. Following his high school graduation he took courses in engineering at the Manhattan Area Vocational Technical School.
He went to work as a supervisor for Girdon Industries in Manhattan prior to moving to Maine in 1974. In 1975 he returned to Manhattan where he went to work for American Art Glass where he was a skilled artisan in stained glass restoration. John had repaired and refurbished stained glass windows in countless churches throughout Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. A master carpenter and cabinet maker he went to work for Gary Hancock in Manhattan and later for Gene Hensley Mill Work and Ron Wells Construction. His love for working with wood was also reflected in the numerous pieces of furniture that he crafted for family and friends.
John held a wide and varied interest in numerous hobbies, some of which became side businesses. He was a pyrotechnic (fireworks tech) and was active with Pyro Universe. He enjoyed putting on numerous fireworks shows throughout his lifetime, including a large neighborhood fireworks show each year in his back yard. In the 1960’s-70’s his love of music was reflected in being a part of two bands, the Eddie A-3’s and the Allen Road Band. He played the guitar but mainly managed the stage lighting for the bands. He also was the owner and operator of Blue River Productions which was an outlet to help Kansas bands find venues. John also enjoyed theater and was active with the Civic Theater. His skills as a set designer were highly praised with origins dating back to the Civic Theaters first production of Sweeney Todd years ago. His artistic talent was also reflected in the designing and construction of award winning costumes which included Steampunk Engineer designs and in his love for painting abstracts. John was also well versed in ancient history and the Bible. He absorbed everything he read and never stopped loving to learn. When he wanted some quiet time you might find him at a lake fishing. Most of all John loved spending time with family and friends, enjoying life to the fullest and never losing his wonderful sense of humor.
On July 1, 2009, in Wamego, Kansas he was united in marriage to the former Caroline A. Vinson, the love of his life for over 30 years. She survives of their home in Wamego. He is also survived by his two sisters: Margo A. Fairchild and Karen A. Fairchild, both of Merriam, Kansas; two nephews:Richard D. Vinson, Pleasanton, KS; Michael Reed, Austin, TX; two nieces: Charlotte Mary Vinson,Cherryville, PA; Jessica Grubaugh, Springfield, MO; and numerous cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents.
Per his wishes he will be cremated and no services are planned.
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In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in Kansas. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502