The Life of Jacob Taylor Fairchild

Jacob "Jake" "Jakey" Taylor Fairchild, 26, of Fleetwood (Rockland Township), passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at his residence. He was the husband-to-be of Amanda J. Remick, whom he became engaged on March 9, 2021. 

Born in Bethlehem, Jake was a son of Stephen K. and Carol J. (Sell) Fairchild of Kutztown. Jake was a 2015 graduate of Kutztown Area High School where he was a member of the soccer and track and field teams, and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville, where he received his degree in Diesel Mechanics. Jake also earned his Commercial Driver's License.

He was employed as a Diesel Mechanic by Pottle's Transportation, LLC, Kutztown for three years. Prior to that, he worked for Kenworth. Jake was a faithful Christian and was a member of Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church, Dryville, as well as the Lenhartsville Rod and Gun Club. In his younger years, Jake was a member of Scout Troop 101 and later Troop 132, earning the rank of Life Scout. He was an avid football fan and rooted for the Cincinnati Bengals.  

Jake enjoyed everything about the outdoors and wildlife and had the utmost respect for animals. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He also enjoyed Snowsports including snowmobiling and skiing and most recently, he was involved with dirt track racing at Grandview Speedway. Jake was the most kindhearted, determined and loving person who always wanted to do "the right thing." 

In addition to his fiancé, Amanda, and parents, Steve and Carol; Jake is survived by his two brothers, Josh S. Fairchild and twin-brother, Justin M. Fairchild, both of Lenhartsville; paternal grandparents, Kenneth E. and Carole L. (Hough) Fairchild, Whitehall; maternal grandfather, Larry L. Sell, Danielsville; his and Amanda's four-legged companions, Sierra and Koda; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Carol M. (Rudolph) Sell. 

A memorial service to celebrate and honor Jake's life will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church, 16 Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood (Dryville), with The Reverend Martin Milne officiating. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. There will be no calling hours or luncheon to follow the service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Jacob's memory to Red Creek Wildlife Center, 300 Moon Hill Drive, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 or online at www. in honor of his love for the outdoors and wildlife. 

Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at 

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I met Jacob about 2 years ago and my boyfriend and I took him out seabass fishing a couple of times. This kid reeled in the biggest seabass this one year on our boat and we all cheered him on!  He had a huge heart for the great outdoors and really gave it his all.  My boyfriend spoke to him about a 3 weeks ago and was ready to take him on a fishing trip for his engagement.  Its tough watching the good ones leave us first.  Jake, we will be catching that jumbo for you this year. 

Posted by Jennifer S on 03/01/2023

A Good Man

I met Jacob for the first time when I swung in the Kutztown terminal. I knew him better as "Sidebox" and we always had good laughs when I was down in Kutztown to get my truck worked on or inspected. It won't be the same without him at the shop. You will be missed greatly.

Posted by Travis B on 03/02/2023


My deepest sympathy  to Steve and Carol and family. On the very sad passing of jacob.

Posted by Danielle J on 03/02/2023

Antics on the farm

Shortly after the Fairchilds moved to their farm in Kutztown we came for a visit.  The kids, Ryan, Riley, Jacob and Justin went off to explore while Carol and Steve showed us around the property.  The boys thought it would be funny to run ahead and scare Riley.  But Riley reacted a little more dramatic than they anticipated and was scared and upset.  Jacob was the first to comfort her and apologize for their antics.  That sums up Jacob for me, playful and a little mischievious, with a huge heart.  We will miss you!

Posted by Meredith T on 03/02/2023