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Welcome to the Fairmont Class Of 1975 site!

Hopefully this website will make it easier to get in touch and enjoy each other's company.   

You can check out all the classmate's Senior photos by clicking on the "Show Yearbook Photo" box in the Classmate Profile section. 

Above all, enjoy the site and have fun sharing with the rest of us. Thanks for checking in! 




Our sympathies to Lon Miles and his family in the death of his mom:

We are so sorry for your loss, Lon. We know your mom will be greatly missed. May your memories bring peace to you and all who knew her.


Sincere condolences to Lori Determan in the passing of her father.

We are so sorry for your loss, Lori. Peace be to your dad's memory.

Our sincere sympathies to Jack Barke on the passing of his father.

Robert (Bob) Barke passed away February 9th, 2021 at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, MN. 

Born on October 20th, 1928, Bob was the youngest son of Adolph and Sarah Barke. He graduated from Fairmont High School and spent four years in the Army National Guard, with 16 months on active duty during the Korean conflict. 

Bob married Lavonne (Vonnie) Milbrandt in June 27th, 1953. He farmed in Rutland township prior to acting as General Manager of C. H. Gould company from 1962 through 1974. Bob then returned to farming again before retiring in 1997. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, golf, helping others, and spending time with family. Bob was active in the Martin County Farm Bureau, St Johns UCC, and the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce. 

Surviving Bob is his wife, Vonnie, and four children; Brad and wife Carol, Ann and husband Dan Roebbeke, Jack, and Jim and wife Judy. Also, eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, sisters in law Marcie Theobald and Eunice Barke. 

Preceding Bob in death were his parents, two sisters, Mary Jane Krueger and Clarice Lintleman, and brother Richard Barke.

Funeral services for Bob will be established at a later date.

To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Robert "Bob" Barke, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

Our sincere condolences to Brenda (Coombes) Foster, who lost her husband last week.

Stephen "Steve" J. Foster, 66, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at his residence.

PLEASE NOTE DATE OF SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown with Reverend David Jennys and Father Michael Wensing officiating. Judy Everson will be the soloist, accompanied by Bruce Reinhardt.

Steve's services will be recorded and posted on the funeral home website when available.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Placerville Camp, 13801 W. Hwy 44, Rapid City, SD 57702.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Beisch, James Weyh, Phillip Longworth, William Longworth, Todd Coombes and Marcus Coombes.

Stephen Joseph Foster, son of Earl J., Jr. and Averlene (Kaiser) Foster was born on August 28, 1954 in Watertown, SD. He attended school in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School in 1972. Steve then attended SDSU in Brookings where he obtained his Bachelors of Animal Science degree with a minor in Chemistry.

He was united in marriage to Brenda Coombes on May 27, 1983 in Watertown, SD. Steve worked at Mac's Hardware and then as a meter reader for the Watertown Municipal Utilities.

Steve was a board member for Ducks Unlimited and Habitat for Humanity, a member of St. Francis Mens Choir, Men of Faith, and was a cub scout leader. He volunteered with Meals On Wheels, and was a Placerville camp promoter/counselor and church youth group advisor.

Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, swimming, making maple syrup and eating ice cream, and making giant bubbles for kids.

Steve is survived by his wife, Brenda; his children, Andrew (Jenny) Foster and Allison Foster of Watertown; his siblings, Margaret (Kent) Demory of Branson, MO, Michael (Annette) Foster of Glendale, AZ, Patrick Foster of St. Petersburg, FL, and Cecilia (Taylor) Longworth of Cocoa Beach, FL; two grandchildren, Oliver and Elsie; and his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Averlene Foster.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel,

Brian Nettifee has requested that I let everyone know that he has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer and would welcome all emails, notes and prayers. He has a profile here on our class website, so you can communicate with him here if you'd like. Brian is also on Facebook if you prefer to encourage him using that method. Brian's email is A CaringBridge site has also been set up for him

I'm sure this is a very scary time for Brian. Let's keep him supported and encouraged as only the FHS Class of '75 can!

Big hugs, Brian! Stay strong!