203 1st Ave NE, Waverly, IA 50677

Electrician's Mate First Class William Steward Fairbanks

Electrician's Mate First Class William Steward Fairbanks was born on May 1, 1921 in Waterloo, IA and died October 17, 2014 in Sumner, IA.

William Steward Fairbanks entered the United States Navy on May 3, 1942, in Des Moines, IA, served during the World War II era and reached the rank of Electrician's Mate First Class before being discharged on November 1, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN.

William Steward Fairbanks is buried at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner, Iowa and can be located at

Armed Forces Grave Registration

Release Date October 18, 2077


William S. Fairbanks, 93, of Sumner, died Friday, October 17, 2014, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

There will be no services or visitation. Burial will be held at a later date. The family suggests that memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

William Steward Fairbanks, son of Steward and Kathryn (Strike) Fairbanks, was born May 1, 1921, at Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1949 and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Natoma Bay. On June 16, 1943, he was united in marriage with Marjorie J. Diekmann at the First Lutheran Church in Waterloo. William was employed for many years by Westinghouse in the Pittsburgh area and later was employed by McCullough in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He retired from McCullough in 1982, and the couple stayed in Arizona for a brief time. For the past seventeen years, they have lived in Sumner.

In addition to his wife Marjorie of Sumner, Bill is survived by a nephew, John Diekmann of Tryon, North Carolina; a great-niece, Lucy (Lee) Panich of Santa Rosa, California; and great-great niece and nephew Tessa and Oliver Panich; and numerous cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Eleanor; an infant brother, Roger; and many cousins and friends.