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Vernon Elroy Fairchild (December 22, 1919 - July 27, 2015)
Vernon Elroy Fairchild, 95, of Buhl, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Visions Hospice House in Jerome, Idaho.
Vernon, was born on December 22, 1919 in Melon Valley, Idaho, the son of Ether and Lauvisia Fairchild.
Dad enlisted in the Army/Air Force in 1941 and served until 1945 during World War II as an Aircraft mechanic. Upon his return home, Dad started shearing sheep with his brothers, father, and uncle. On May 1, 1946, he joined the Sheep Shearers Union of North America, local 301 and remained a full working member in support of the union until his death. In 1947, Dad and his brother, Ward, started their own sheep shearing business. A family business that is still in operation and successful to this day. The sheep shearing provided the Fairchild families their most fondest memories and experiences. Dad's success in the sheep industry led to his induction into the Livestock Hall of Fame on March 21, 2000 and was honored by the Idaho Woolgrowers Association in November, 2004. Another honor bestowed on Dad was the invitation to participate at The Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Dad was able to enjoy many successes in his lifetime due to the love and support of his wife, Alice.
Dad's hobbies and interests involved his work and his family visiting him in the various sheep camps.
Vernon was survived by his children, Fred (Debbie) Rouse, Teila Suter, Diana (Frank) Porter, Vernon Jr. (Terri) Fairchild and Valrie Wright, all of Buhl; daughter-in-law, Rose Rouse; 23 grandchildren and too many great grandchildren to count.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; two sisters; his wife and his son, Jim Rouse.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015 at the First Assembly of God Church, 703 Locust St. Buhl, Idaho.
The family would like to thank the staff at Desert View Care Center and Visions Hospice House for the excellent care given and compassion shown to Vernon.
God Bless All of You.
In Lieu of flowers the family would like to request that donations be made to Hospice Visions, Inc. 209 Shoup Ave. West Twin Falls, Idaho 83301.
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