George Francis Fairbanks, 84, of St. Paul, Minn., and formerly of Minot, died peacefully in his sleep early in the morning of Oct. 18, 2012. No service was held per his wishes. His ashes will be scattered later.
He was born July 2, 1928, in Valley City to Paul and Lila Fairbanks. He was a veteran of both the Navy and the Army. While in the Army, George served in the Korean War, from 1951-52. While serving in the Navy in Maryland in 1948, he met Gloria Wilson, whom he soon married. A graduate of Minot High School and Minot State University, he made his living in business, first in Minot and then for many years in St. Paul.
While in St. Paul, he became a passionate Minnesota Twins fan as well as a patron of many local arts establishments, especially the Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. George also had a rare talent when it came to finding the perfect restaurant for every occasion. In fact, anyone who got to know him, knew there were few things George liked better than a great meal especially if it was prepared by Gloria.
Though time and distance had separated George from many of the close friends he made in Minot, he continued to view those friendships as the best and most important of his life.
In his later years, George was dealt many cruel blows, but he carried on with a decency and strength that those he leaves behind won't forget.
George was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Zeanus and sister Lila May; Gloria, his wife of 61 years, whom he loved most of all; his son Rick and his daughter Kely.
He is survived by: his son Paul; daughters-in-law Kris Matson and Angela Fairbanks; son-in-law John Underdahl; eight grandchildren Todd, Emily, Tyson, George, Jessica, Katie, Nora and Claire who he spoiled and delighted; and five great-grandchildren Isabella, Sofia, Oliver, Phoebe and Edison.
He was a good man who lived a good life.