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Obituary: Ronald L. Fairhead, Columbus

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Ronald L. Fairhead, 84, of Pine Ridge Drive, passed away peacefully with his daughters at his bedside, at 11:42 a.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

He was born in Rockford, Illinois, on March 21, 1930, the son of Arthur F. and Hazel Belle Zuck Fairhead.

Mr. Fairhead was a graduate of Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and vice president of his senior class.

Mr. Fairhead married Natalie Alice Ludington on June 16, 1951, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, after their graduation from Beloit, and was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He served in Korea in 1952–1953 as a captain of the 7th Motor Transport Combat Battalion.

He began his career in 1953 as a sales manager with Cal-Dak and moved to Columbus in 1966 when Cal-Dak was acquired by Hamilton Cosco. Mr. Fairhead later established Ron Fairhead Associates, a manufacturer’s representative firm. He began a courier business as “Run-Around-Ron” when he and his wife retired to Naples, Florida, in 1992. He always said he was “born to drive.”

His family will always remember his great sense of humor, his spontaneous singing, and the fun trips on the family boat, "Nautalee."

Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn A. (Steve) Goss of Columbus, Susan N. (Bruce) Glick of Hartsville, and Jennifer F. (John) Jasper of Bozeman, Montana; grandchildren, Sarah (J.R.) Walsh of Indianapolis, Jeff Goss of Indianapolis, David Glick of Chicago, Illinois., Tim (Amanda) Glick of Columbus, Jonathan Jasper of Chicago, Illinois, and James Jasper of Charlotte, North Carolina; and great-grandchildren, Lilah, Ellie and Caroline Glick of Columbus, and Tripp Walsh of Indianapolis. He is also survived by his brother, Robert J. Fairhead of Estero, Florida; sister, Linda K. Brooks of West Sacramento, California; and his niece and five nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and niece, Amy Brooks.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

In keeping with Ronald's wishes cremation is planned. Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, or Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 37615 U.S. Hwy 60, Superior, AZ 85273.

Online condolences may be sent to the Fairhead family at

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