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Merle Fairbanks


March 20, 1932-Jan. 25, 2014

Merle M. Fairbanks, 81, of Callaway, died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Frazee Care Center.

The committal service for Merle will be held at 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 21 in the Ogema Community Cemetery, Ogema, with the Reverend Paul Larson officiating.

Merle Marie Fairbanks was born to Andrew and Ruth (Day) Mortenson on March 20, 1932 in Detroit Lakes.

Survivors include four daughters, Michelle (Bruce) Olson of Detroit Lakes, Dawn (Rev. Paul) Larson of Callaway, Sheree Keprios of Bemidji and Dana (Randy) Johnson of Hibbing; three sons, Craig Fairbanks of Montello, Wis., Clay (Toni) Fairbanks of Ogema and Leslie (Linda) Fairbanks of Mahnomen; a daughter-in-law, Joy Gilbert of Grand Junction, Colo.; 24 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; four brothers, Floyd (Laura) Mortenson of Howe, Okla., Leslie Mortenson of Clear, Alaska, Roy Mortenson of Ulen and Bruce Mortenson of Mahnomen; a sister, Helen Taylor of Hawley; and a sister-in-law, Betty Mortenson of Mora.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.