Floyd D. Fairweather, 84, passed away in Rapid City, S.D., on Thursday, July 26, 2012.
He was born to Edward and Anna (Vestre) Fairweather on Jan. 20, 1928, in Bottineau. He was educated in Mountain View Rural School and Souris High School.
From his earliest years, he was interested in the related arts; an interest that continued throughout his life. Following high school, he attended Concordia College, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis School of Music and Drama, the University of Idaho, Stanford University and Syracuse University.
Floyd taught a year each in Devils Lake, and Shattuck Military School in Minnesota. He taught 32 years at Minot State University, primarily in the Humanities Department. He then spent 10 years painting various art projects and assisting a decorator in downtown Minot.
Floyd traveled extensively in the United States and Western Europe, always pursuing antique shops and attending all concerts, theaters and ballets available. He retired to Rapid City, S.D., in 2011, where he lived.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Reynold, and an infant, Edward.
He is survived by: his sister, Betty (Mrs. Milo) Schindler, Rapid City; and many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the United States and Canada.
He considered the four years in the Air Force, during the Korean War, the most interesting period of his life because of all the friendships he made at Scott Air Force Base in St. Louis, Mo., and the two years he spent in downtown Tokyo, Japan.
He chose to be cremated and buried with fellow veterans at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.
Family and friends may sign Floyd's online guestbook at (www.kirkfuneralhome.com).
(Kirk Funeral Home, Rapid City)