William Dean Fairchild, 79, Rochester, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 28, 2017, at his residence.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1938, in Logansport, the son of William and Edna (Maxwell) Fairchild. On May 12, 1960, in Fulton, he married Patricia Joan Cripe. She survives.

Mr. Fairchild retired from Dean Foods in December 2002 after 35 years of service. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and camping.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia J. Fairchild, Rochester; children Michael Fairchild, Rochester, Nancy Fairchild, Macy, and Randy and wife Tarah Fairchild, Denver; grandchildren Jodi (Fairchild) and husband Jason McMillen, Logansport, and Jamie (Fairchild) and husband Lee Sutton, Rochester; stepgrandaughter Hope Townsend, Deedsville; great-grandchildren Ella McMillen and Lamen McMillen, both of Logansport; stepgreat-grandchildren Alexandria Sutton and Blake Sutton; a future stepgreat-grandchild arriving in August 2017; sister Jeanne Eytcheson, Fulton; and nephew Jeff Eytcheson, Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Carolyn Fairchild; brother-in-law Jerry Eytcheson; and stepfather Clarence Rentschler.

Mr. Fairchild's family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Solid Rock Church, 913 Main St., Rochester. Interment will take place at a later date at Mount Zion Cemetery, Rochester. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.