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Leroy Fairbotham

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 102

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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 10

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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

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Alicia & Pete

September 29, 2021 at 3:10 am

Oh Louise, I was so shocked when we got word of Lee’s passing today. The cancer took him quickly. I know you are grateful that he is out of pain now. Lee was such a kind quiet man. Our condolences are offered especially to you, Louise and to your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Lee was a very faithful servant to God. We really can’t imagine your grief at this sad time. Please know that we have you and your family in our prayers. Love to you,

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Louise Fairbotham

September 29, 2021 at 8:30 pm

Thank you, friends. Lee was at peace knowing he was going to his eternal home. I am at peace also, though very sad. Love

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Lynn Gardiner

September 29, 2021 at 5:54 am

Praying for all in the family that God’s peace May surround all of you!

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Louise Fairbotham

September 29, 2021 at 8:31 pm

Thank you

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Kathy Brouard

September 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

Louise and family I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all as you begin your journey through your grief. May be close to each of you; allow Him to be the Comforter that He promises to be!

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Louise Fairbotham

September 29, 2021 at 8:33 pm

Thank you, Kathy. God has been with us through this journey every step of the way. Sad, but at peace.

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Denise Dubuc

September 29, 2021 at 11:17 am

Heaven has added an Angel; Lee was such a kind person. I am blessed to have some wonderful memories during your stays at the KOA. God bless you and your family and watch over you during this most difficult time.

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Louise Fairbotham

September 29, 2021 at 8:34 pm

Hi Denise. So good to hear from you Thank you for your kind words

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Cynthia Spangler

September 29, 2021 at 12:19 pm

We love you Aunt Louise and Cousins. Our prayers are with you. Love, Cindy and Michaela

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Louise Fairbotham

September 29, 2021 at 8:39 pm

Thank you. Uncle Lee is the happiest he has ever been. I will miss him greatly, but am at peace as uncle Lee and I had spent lots of time in the Word and prayer.

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Howard Lee Snell

September 29, 2021 at 3:53 pm

Lee & I were like brothers growing up. He was loved by everybody. He is in good hands.

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Louise Fairbotham

September 29, 2021 at 8:24 pm

He is in the best hands of his Lord and Savior who Lee loved with all his heart

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Loren Fairbotham

October 7, 2021 at 10:08 pm

I know my dad loved you with all his heart..He truly loved you like a brother..

Thanks for your kind words

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D & M Ruse

September 29, 2021 at 9:35 pm

Lee was always kind, helpful, and joyful. His love of the Lord was evident. Our condolences to all the family and prayers for comfort and peace.

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Louise Fairbotham

September 30, 2021 at 8:05 pm

Thank you for your kind words.

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William D Dwhurst

October 1, 2021 at 10:55 am

Louise,

We are praying that God will comfort you at this time. We are grateful for the time that we spent together at Pioneers. Dave and Norma.

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Louise Fairbotham

October 3, 2021 at 12:38 pm

Thank you. Many wonderful memories at Pioneers.

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Denny Spitters

October 2, 2021 at 10:03 am

Louise,

Nancy and I want to share our sadness to hear of Lee’s passing. What a blessing you have been to so many including many in the Pioneers family. May Jesus be your full comfort as you grieve his loss. In a short time we will all be reunited. Precious in the sight of the Lord is it he death of His saints! Praying for the love of Jesus to guide your heart!

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Louise Fairbotham

October 3, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Thank you for your kind words. God directed us to Pioneers and gave us many blessings while volunteering there.

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Deb Donelson

October 3, 2021 at 1:17 pm

So sorry, Louise, to hear of Lee’s passing. he was a faithful servant of the Lord. We miss you both at Pioneers. much love Deb Donelson

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Louise Fairbotham

October 3, 2021 at 8:08 pm

Thank you Deb. We loved our volunteer work.

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Tim Becker

October 5, 2021 at 7:59 pm

Louise, Loren, Luke, and Lori,

I have such fond memories of your family from CLW. Lee was always so fun. I am sorry for your loss. Mom and Dad had shared with me about Lee’s illness and passing to Heaven. I have kept you in my prayers. I look forward to joining Lee in laughter again someday.

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Louise Fairbotham

October 8, 2021 at 5:12 pm

Tim your right so many great times with our families at CLW.

My dad and family always thought so much of your family.

Thanks for your kind words of dad and your right in rejoicing again together in Heaven…

I would enjoy a huge from you at some point..

Thanks again for your thoughts and kind words.

Loren and family

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Sheryl Lynne Zaczek

October 7, 2021 at 3:09 pm

To the WHOLE Fairbotham Family!

I am so sorry to hear of your loss! He will be missed by all who knew him! Sending Hugs and Love to your whole family from all of our family! Please let us know if there is anything you need at all!

Sheryl & John Zaczek and Family

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Louise Fairbotham

October 8, 2021 at 5:11 pm

Thank you for thinking of us

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Loren Fairbotham

October 7, 2021 at 10:05 pm

Tim your right so many great times with our families at CLW.

My dad and family always thought so much of your family.

Thanks for your kind words of dad and your right in rejoicing again together in Heaven…

I would enjoy a huge from you at some point..

Thanks again for your thoughts and kind words.

Loren and family

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Judy and Dean Weyman

October 7, 2021 at 10:32 pm

Louise, may God give you strength, peace and hope in this time. We are so saddened to hear of Lee’s passing. We will always remember our wonderful times together at Pioneers. The two of you were so gentle and loving. We have been praying for Lee and will continue to pray for you

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Louise Fairbotham

October 8, 2021 at 5:10 pm

Thank you for your kind words

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