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Virgil "Cob" Lee Fairbanks

Virgil "Cob" Lee Fairbanks, 61, of Mahnomen, Minn., died Friday, March 27, 2009, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Pine Point School in Pine Point, Minn., with Kevin Stock officiating.

Cease Funeral Home of Park Rapids assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born Sept. 11, 1947, to Thomas and Marie (Brunette) Fairbanks in White Earth, Minn. He attended elementary school in Pine Point, high school in Park Rapids and welding school in Grand Rapids, Minn. After his schooling, he moved to Minneapolis, where he utilized his welding skills at the American Iron Supply Company for 37 years. He received numerous awards for the artistic sculptures he welded. He married Bobbi Marshall April 8, 1978, in Minneapolis. He enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf, horseshoes and cribbage. He enjoyed tinkering around the house keeping busy. He was a great Elvis impersonator.

He is survived by his wife Mahnomen; children, Racheal (Jason) Deitchler of Ramsey, Minn., Thomas Fairbanks of Mahnomen, Rachel Fairbanks of Mahnomen, Donald (Lori) Fairbanks of Rice Lake, Minn., and Brandon Fairbanks of Mahnomen; brothers and sisters, Angeletta (George) Ross of Cass Lake, William (Judy) Henry of Minneapolis, Joyce (Walter) Yellowhammer of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Rena Vizenor of Mahnomen, Paulette (Larry) Molin of Hampton, Va., Vicki (Roger) Sternberg of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Karen Fairbanks of Burlington, Ky., James (Denise) Fairbanks of Gulfport, Miss., Margaret (Steve) Eischens of Sauk Rapids, Minn., Tim (Darlene) Fairbanks of Ogema, Minn., Pamela (Ron) Fairbanks of Ponsford, Minn., Thomas (Sue) Fairbanks of Wonderlake, Ill., Charles (Sandy) Fairbanks of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Joann (Don) Peters of Lake Mary, Fla., and Betty Chevalier of Blaine, Minn.; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1991; mother in 2007; brothers, Robert Fairbanks in 1991, Gordon Henry Sr. in 1999 and Joseph Fairbanks in 2005; sister, Verna Jorgenson in 2006 and infant sisters, LaVonne Henry, Florence Fairbanks and Veronica Fairbanks.

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