John Melvin Fair, 81, railroad worker, church organist

July 19, 2006

John Melvin Fair, a retired railroad employee and church organist, died Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications after surgery. The lifelong Hampden resident was 81 and had lived on West 33rd Street since 1950.

A 1942 graduate of City College, he joined the Army Air Forces that year and served in requisitions for 3 1/2 years in the Pacific. He attained the rank of staff sergeant and later was an active member of Disabled American Veterans.

Mr. Fair was an office manager and rate analyst for the Western Maryland Railway and successor companies Chessie System and CSX, from which he retired in 1981. He was an HO-gauge model railroad buff.

He was a lifelong member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampden, its organist for 25 years and had served on the church council. He also had been a Sunday school superintendent, lay reader, and communion assistant.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at his church, 36th Street and Chestnut Avenue.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Shirley Florence Baseman; a son, the Rev. John Stephen Fair of Ridgway, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

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