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Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home
Thursday November 18th, 2021

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Charles D. Fairbanks

Charles D. Fairbanks, age 85, of Energy, Illinois, passed away Friday, November 12, 2021 at his home.
Charles was born September 08, 1936 in Mill Shoals, Illinois, a son of James and Opal (Carter) Fairbanks. He married Sharon K. McHenry on May 22, 1965.

He is survived by his wife Sharon K. Fairbanks of Energy, IL; a son, Chad (Heidi) Fairbanks of O'Fallon, MO; son-in-law Chris Rutledge of Pittsburg, IL; five grandchildren, Kaylee N. Rutledge, Rylee E. Rutledge, Cora G. Fairbanks, Carter D. Fairbanks, and Monica R. Pitti; three siblings, James Fairbanks of Johnston City, IL, Artie Fairbanks of Phoenix, AZ, and Judy Nevitt of Naperville, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Stacey R. Rutledge; sister, Velda Rogers and brother, Billie Joe Fairbanks.

Charles graduated from Johnston City High School then proudly served with the US Marine Corps. as a helicopter mechanic. He finished his service and was later re-called to the Marine Corps. during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He had been employed at Fabick in Marion in the parts department and later worked at Amex Coal. He then drove a truck for a few years and worked security at different places. In retirement he sold tools for KAR. He enjoyed playing golf.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. at Mitchell Hughes funeral home in Marion, Illinois. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at Mitchell Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Holmes officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Southern Illinois Veteran's Honor Flight.

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So sorry for your loss Sharon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Clarke & Jeane Deacon Nov 17 2021 8:06 AM

My sincere condolences to Sharon and family.

Dalyce Rupert Nov 14 2021 6:23 PM

My sympathy to Sharon and family.

Phyllis Mosley Myers Nov 13 2021 7:36 PM

Charles was a wonderful man and full of love for god, family, and country! My heart is with Sharon and all the family.

Marie Emery Nov 13 2021 6:49 PM

Sharon, so very sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you. Clarke and Jeane Deacon

Jeane Deacon Nov 13 2021 4:54 PM

Dear Chad, Heidi and the whole Fairbanks family, I am so sorry for the loss of such an important and loved person in your lives. I wish I could have met him! You will all be in my prayers during this sad and difficult time. I love you guys so much and will be here if you need anything.

Carrie Altheimer Nov 13 2021 2:16 PM