James Russell Fairchild, 70, of Commiskey, Ind. and formerly of Sheridan, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 at Ridgewood Health Campus of Lawrenceburg.
Born in Lebanon, Ind. on Feb. 19, 1950, he was the son of the late Russell Boyd "Rut" and Annabelle (Wills) Fairchild.
Following his graduation from Sheridan High School with the Class of 1968, Mr. Fairchild attended Purdue University, earning bachelor's degrees in both industrial supervision and industrial engineering technology.
Mr. Fairchild eventually hired on with Hill-Rom in Batesville, Indiana. His meticulous nature made him a perfect fit for the company as a project design and engineering supervisor. Mr. Fairchild retired from Hill-Rom after 20 years of dedicated service.
As with most engineers, regardless of their specialty, they all have a common bond -- they are tinkerers, and Mr. Fairchild was no exception. Able to fix just about anything, he enjoyed fiddling around with electronics, computers and CB Radios, and was a certified Ham Radio operator. He was also a Radio Flyer Train enthusiast, and liked model RC road racing. It wasn't just small engines that piqued his interest; he had a deep appreciation for his dirt bikes, Corvettes, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Mr. Fairchild also had many other interests. He loved being around his family and friends, and never turned down an opportunity to go on a road trip. Whether it was a full blown family vacation, or riding around with Deputy Ben Craig during his shift, Mr. Fairchild enjoyed every moment. Traveling gave him the chance to explore Route 66, the Appalachian Trail, and visit the numerous gravesites of the Fairchild ancestors, many dating back to the 1600s. Mr. Fairchild also enjoyed weight lifting and was very active in shooting sports.
His church family was also a very important part of his life. Mr. Fairchild was raised in the Terhune Church, and later joined Sheridan Wesleyan Church and the First Baptist Church in Greensburg, where he served as a Deacon, as well as a sound technician for worship services. He was also a participant in the Walk to Emmaus.
Mr. Fairchild was a member of the Sheridan Masonic Lodge F&AM #309.
Survivors include the love of his life, Peggy Louise (Fox) Fairchild; his daughters, Jennifer Louise (Pat) Martin of Levant, Kan. and Cheryl Lynn (Colby) King of Commiskey, Ind.; granddaughter, Jayden Elizabeth King; two sisters, Linda McClay (Robert) of Sheridan and Mary Lou West (Alden) of Hendersonville, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. The family requests that visitors do their best to follow local and state recommendations, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
Memorial contributions may be presented to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, Inc. - Jennings County, 245 Norris Ave., North Vernon, Indiana 47265.