LeRoy (Lee) Fairbotham went to his home in glory on September 28, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family at his home. Lee was born June 5, 1943, the son of Dale and Barbara Fairbotham who have proceeded him in death.
Lee was a graduate of Mason high school in Mason, Michigan. Following high school, he served eight years in the Army reserves. Lee was a journeyman stripper in the printing field for forty plus years. Upon retirement he and Louise, volunteered at Pioneers Mission organization in Orlando, Florida. In 2013, they traveled to Papua New Guinea doing mission work living with a tribe in the bush for two months. Lee enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling and in his later years wood working. His greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife (Louise) of fifty-nine years and his children, Loren (Kelly) Fairbotham, Luke (Mark Oisten) Fairbotham and Lori (Shawn) Gavan, and his grandchildren, Joe (Derrick) Fairbotham, Betsy (Jay) Connor, Erica Gavan, Jesse Fairbotham, Nate (Cassie) Fairbotham, and Thomas Gavan and his great grandchildren, Kavon Fairbotham, JJ Garbe and Riley Fairbotham and four step-great grandchildren and one great-great step granddaughter. He is survived by his sisters Diana Troutman and Joanna Rens and brother-in-law Harry Domrase and many nieces and nephews.
His sister Susie proceeded him in death.
Lee had a special faith in the Lord which sustained him throughout his life. He lived out his Christian witness by showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and acceptance to all. He did not fear death, but knew it was merely the transition from earth to his glorious eternal home. He truly loved others and lived by the maxim “Count it all joy”.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Merson Church, 3313 102nd Ave, Gobles, MI 49055, at noon with a luncheon to follow.
Upon Lee’s request, casual dress (jeans) allowed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Merson Church, Crossroads Christian Church (1400 10th St., Palmetto, FL 34221), Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan, or a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.