Charles E. “Sonny” Fair

February 03, 1934 ‒ June 06, 2015

Centerburg, Ohio

Fair Charles Veteran

Charles E. “Sonny” Fair, Age 81 of Centerburg, died Saturday morning June 6, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born on February 3, 1934 in Tiffin, Ohio to the late Chrislie M. and Alice (Meilluer) Fair. He was a Korean Conflict US Navy Veteran and retired from the City of Columbus Division of Water with 15 years of service. He was a faithful attendee of the St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

Sonny loved his family and treasured every moment spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was very proud of his service to our country in the Navy and shared his memorabilia and stories with the students at Centerburg High School for the past 10+ years. Sonny also was doing research into family genealogy and loved surfing the internet.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years: Barbara M. ”Baby” (Szablewski) Fair and they were married May 12, 1956; son: Ronald E. Fair of Centerburg; daughter: Annette (Scott) Sells of Mount Vernon; grandchildren: Nicole, Tayce, Edward, Hannah (Jeff) and great grandchildren: Wayne, Zerilda, Duane, Cyrus; brother: Jerry Fair of San Jacinto, CA.; sister: Mary Tower of Columbus.

Preceded in death by brothers: Keith and Chrislie Jr.; sister: Shirley Fair.

Friends may call Friday June 12, 2015 one hour prior to the 11:30 a.m. service at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury with Fr David Sizemore officiating. Inurnment in the Eastview Cemetery on Friday June 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. with Military Graveside Honors.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Kindred at Home Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive #140, Columbus, Ohio 43231 or Interchurch Social Services, 40 N. Clayton Street, Centerburg, Ohio 43011.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral is honored to serve the Fair Family and condolences may be expressed at

  • Hannah and Family,

    May the beautiful memories of his journey be your strength during this most difficult time. His love will always be with you.

  • Barb, Ron and Annette, I am so sorry for your loss. There was only one Sonny and I cherish times our families spent together. You are in my prayers and I will have a mass said for him.

  • Hannah and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Sonny! He will be truly missed. I remember when he “graduated” with us! wish I could be there to support you, as you were able to support me only a few weeks ago. I love you all!

  • I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to let go of a loved. But I am sure your wonderful, fun memories will keep him with you forever.

  • We are so sorry for the loss of Sonny. We will miss talking to him on the phone. Doug thought of Sonny as a brother that he never had. We always loved you both. You are in our prayers.

  • Hannah, Tayce, and Eddie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing can replace a loved one, but know they will always be there with you, and they live on in your hearts and memories. I have gone threw this struggle since the loss of my father, and know if y’all need anything, please feel free to contact me.

    Sean Sweeney and family

  • Our prayers go out to you Aunt Barb and Ronald and Annette and the rest of the family. May God’s love and peace be found with you in your loss.
    I know Uncle Sonny is spelled with an o – but I whenever I thought of him or looked at him I could see Uncle Sunny- His smile was so bright it lit everyone up that was around him!! God Bless his soul and Blessings to all the family!
    (Margie and Bruce Waters (Szablewski)

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Sonny was a kind sweet man who always had a smile on his face when he came into the Veterans Service Office. We always enjoyed his conversation. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Cherish the memories you have made over the years, as they will help you in the days ahead. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless! Thank you for Sonny’s service, and for protecting our way of life!
    Leigh Anne Manter

  • Barb, Ron,and Annette, really sorry to hear about your loss. Sonny was a good man. Enjoyed my talks with him about trucks and being over the road. May God bless you.