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Reverend Lester Fair, 83

Reverend Lester Fair, age 83, of Hastings died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Augustana Health Care Center in Hastings.

He was born April 4, 1926, in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Robert and Myrtle (Holmstrom) Fair. He married F. Marie Monaghan Dec. 13, 1947, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Reverend Fair was the founder of Haven Homes Health Care Center of Hastings and former pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Hastings. He was a longtime member of the Hastings Rotary Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; grandchildren, Caleb and Greta; and son-in-law, John Erickson.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marie Fair; by his children, Darlene (Harley) Stauffer of Woodbury, Jerry (Kris) Fair of Cottage Grove, Daneeta Erickson of White Bear Lake and Dan (Andrea) Fair of Delano, Minn.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2009, at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. Seventh St., Hastings, and at the church one hour prior to the service. The funeral service, with the Rev. John Mitchem officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2009, at the Hastings United Methodist Church, 615 W. 15th St., Hastings. The pallbearers are grandsons, Chad Fair, Cory Fair, Brent Erickson, and Erik Fair; son-in-law, Harley Stauffer; and grandsons-in-law, Scott Wicklund and Derek Friesen. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Roseville, Minn.

Memorials may be made to Augustana Health Care Center of Hastings or to the Hastings United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419,