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Richard E. Blair
Richard E. BlairMasonryRichard E. Blair, 80 of Prospect, died Sunday morning, October 18, 2015 at Marion General Hospital.  He was born April 28, 1935 in Marion to the late Norbid O. and Elsie M. (Hutchinson) Blair.

On November 27, 1970 in Prospect he married the former Marian S. Jones and she survives in Prospect.

A Findlay High School graduate, he worked at Marion Power Shovel in engineering and design for over 40 years.  He was a longtime member of Prospect United Methodist Church.  He was a member of Hiram Lodge #18 Free & Accepted Masons in Delaware and the former Prospect Lodge #444.  He also belonged to George Lewis Behrens Chapter #504 Order of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, and the Marionaires Barbershop Harmony Chorus.

Dick enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, camping and traveling, dancing, and family gatherings.  He and Marian spent their winters in Tavares, Florida.

Besides his wife, he is survived by six daughters, Valinda (William) Klingler, Marion; Valrie (Douglas) Gay, Prospect; Teresa (Kenneth) Bevis, Richwood; Tammie (Wayne) Griffith, Ft. Myers, Florida; Vickey (Scott Bennett) Martin, Marion; Vera (Larry Smith) Mitchell, Morral; 19 grandchildren, Jereme (Judy Brenner) Phillips, Nathan (Tammy) Phillips, Rachael Klingler, Megan Klingler, William R. Klingler, Joshua (Amanda Cuffman) Gay, Justin (Ashlee) Gay, Derek (Beth) Bevis, Chelsea (Bill) Butler, Robert (Megan) Bevis, Sam (Carolyn Carmean) Bevis, Noelle (Matt) Bloomfield, Taylor Ellett, Summer (Kevan) Tidd, Kyle (Jennifer) Weddington, Lacey Mitchell, Brittany (Walter) Call III, Tesla Smith, Brandon Smith, ; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry (Patti) Blair, Radnor; two sisters, Alice (Chuck) Taylor, Southern Pines, North Carolina; Sharon (Phil) Roberts, Prospect.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Carolyn Christman officiating.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM at the funeral home in Richwood where a Masonic service will be conducted by Hiram Lodge #18 F&AM at 8:00 PM.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Prospect United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 203 North Elm Street, Prospect, OH 43342.

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#1 from: Linda Mohr
221 Saint Claire Dr.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM

So sorry to hear about Richard's passing, you had always been such great neighbors to my Dad, Charles Lauer.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Gary and Linda Mohr

#2 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, TX  79606
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Marian and family
Thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of Husband and father.
Will be thinking of you.
Cousin Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, TX

#3 from: Teresa Linthicum (Teri)
Southern Pines NC
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Know that we are with everyone in spirit and prayer. I pray for everyone to be lifted from the sadness of his passing by remembering the full and joyous Life of Uncle Dick. Come together all, with the strong family bonds that the Blair family is so well known for. He'll be there to welcome us all home at that Pearlie Gate.

#4 from: Kevin Dome
United States
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:46 AM

Marian & Family,
Sorry  to read of Dicks death.You are in our prayers.
Kevin & Marcy Dome

#5 from: Buck,Becky and Ashley Beery
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 10:01 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. May God ease your sorrow during this time and know we are here if you need us.

Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Really sorry to hear about your loss. .prayers with you

#7 from: Holly Bailey Kammerer
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 9:33 PM

So sorry for your loss Uncle Larry. Sending hugs and prayers to you and the family. Love you

#8 from: Gloria Prettymann Boles
Lakeview, OH
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 8:59 AM

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our prayers. Remembering the good times we shared at the dances.   Ronnie & Gloria Boles                        

#9 from: Mike and Patty Bluaugh
Marion, OH
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 9:02 AM

We were so sorry to learn of Dick's passing.  I enjoyed working with him at the Shovel for many years.  We regret not being able to attend the funeral, but you are in our thoughts and prayers.  

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#11 from: Ellen Pereira
Kansas City
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

Marian we were so sad today to hear of Dick's passing. You and the entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We hope the love and memories that you hold in your heart will bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Love Ellen & Gene

#12 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West, AZ
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Marian and family,
We are so saddened by your loss. We remember the wonderful years when we were all together in Prospect. The fun we shared in the singing group and many other good times will always be with us. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. May the memories of all the good times fill your hearts in the days to come.

Peggy and Tom

#13 from: Jan Thomas
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Marion.  I am so sorry to hear about Richard.  Would have attended funeral had I known.  I'll be thinking of you.  Take good care of yourself.   Much Love to you and all the family.  Jan Thomas

#14 from: Mary Y. Lee
Marion, OH
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 3:45 PM

So sorry to hear of the loss of Dick.  Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

#15 from: Marilyn and Roger Pitts
St Petersburg FL
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 11:44 AM

We'll be thinking of you and your family at this time of your loss. It has been many years since we all learned to dance and then showed the world our talents. Remembering our time shared at the Shovel, especially during those panic presentation preparation weeks.
Marilyn and Roger

#16 from: Robert E Wetherington
Delphos, Ohio
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Sorry to hear of Dicks passing.  We worked together at Marion Power Shovel for many years until it closed in 1998. He was a fellow worker in engineering, Mason, and good friend. He will be missed. I understand your loss Marian. I lost my soul mate 10 years ago.


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