|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1949|
|Death: ||Aug. 16, 2005|
Eugene D. Bair, 56, formerly of Littlestown, died Tuesday evening, Aug. 16, 2005, at his home in Menallen Township. He was the husband of Helen L. (Miller) Bair for 14 years. Born Aug. 12, 1949, in Gettysburg, he was the son of Annabelle (Strickhouser) Bair of Littlestown and the late FRED BAIR. Gene retired from PennDOT in 2002 after 31 and a half years of service. He was also employed with Carl Woerner Hauling, Gettysburg. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Littlestown; FOE, Littlestown; Gettysburg Moose and V.F.W.; Bonneauville C.W.V.; Biglerville Sons of the American Legion; and McSherrystown Home Association. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Roman D. Bair of Littlestown, Shawn D. Bair - address unknown, and Ethan M. Sentz of New Oxford; one daughter, Shannon Lynn Bair - address unknown; five grandchildren ( including his beloved grandchildren Logan and Alexis); two brothers, Fred Bair and Randy Bair, both of Littlestown; and a sister, Cherylann Froelicher of Littlestown. A funeral service was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Littlestown F.O.E. Social Pavilion, 427 Menges Mill Road, with the Rev. James S. Dunlop officiating. Viewings were Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Little's Funeral Home, 34 Maple Ave., Littlestown, with a Moose Ritual Service at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Asera Care Hospice, 44 Bowman Road, York, PA 17604.
Eugene held many leadership positions in the various organizations that he was active with over the years. He was President of the Littlestown FOE, President of the York-Adams Shuffleboard League, Chairman of the Moose Park Committee of Gettysburg LOOM 1526, Trustee of Gettysburg LOOM 1526, AFSCME Local 2136 Chief Steward and Trustee. He also served as Acting Administer of the Gettysburg Moose 1526.
Gene was a kind & wonderful husband. He loved to cut wood and loved reshaping the land. He did wonders with the mountain property we purchased and moved to after his retirement from PENNDOT. Unfortunately he passed away before he could finish his plans.
He loved to make soup but didn't know how to make a small pot. He would always start with a small pot and it would grow & grow until it filled the largest kettle we had. Once I even thought I would outsmart him by giving him the largest kettle to start with (I thought it would save on washing dishes). I told him it was the largest kettle so he had to keep that in mind when adding his ingredients - that kettle of soup grew so large it filled the big canner and we had some in a second pot. We supplied soup to his whole family in 5 qt containers & still had 15 quarts for our freezer. We laughed about this quite often but never again did I give him the big pot to start with.
When we were clearing out fence rows on his parents farm he had me on the tractor to pull trees. He would chain the tree & then have me pull it out with the tractor. Once he told me to go ahead and pull & I started to pull but the tree had a mind of it's own and went the wrong way. He yelled duck & I did. There I was pinned on the tractor by the tree & all it's branches (I luckily was unhurt but had I ducked to the other side - well that would have been a disaster). He had to fire up the chain saw to cut me free. It is really scary hearing a chain saw buzz that close to you and you can't see or move! I sure am glad he wasn't mad at me that day because it took him approximately 15 minutes to get me free. After he got me out he admitted how scared he was when he saw the tree headed for me. I teased him that he missed his chance - he could have left me there or "slipped" with the chain saw.
When he retired and we moved to the mountains west of Gettysburg. We put out bird feeders. We could spend hours watching the many birds at the feeders. His favorite ones were the Gold Finches, they love Niger seeds & we had plenty of feeders for them. He would come home & re-stock the feeders & in no time at all there were dozens of birds at the feeders. He would laugh and say "The airport is open" He also loved the many hummingbirds that came to our hummer feeders. I am planning on turning the front of the house into a memorial garden for him & I will be sure to plant butterfly bushes to draw in the hummers. He wanted to plant some there when he got the landscaping finished but unfortunately his health gave out before he got that done.
We were married on Valentine's Day and we celebrated in a special way each year. He liked to make the plans and then surprise me. For our first anniversary he told me we were going away for overnight. He made plans for his Mom to keep the kids (second marriages for both of us - we had no children together). Then he got me roses & then took me out to dinner. Silly me - I thought we were coming back to our house & would have it all to ourselves & that he was just teasing when he said we were going away overnight. So when he told me to pack a suitcase before we left for dinner - I only packed our toothbrushes in my pocketbook. ( No sense in packing a whole suicase just to come back to our house). We took the kids to his Mom's, went to dinner, and then went to one of our favorite bars to see friends. Then we went to the Holiday Inn and checked in as Mr & Mrs at 11:00 pm with NO LUGGAGE. We really laughed over the look of doubt on the desk clerk's face when we said we were married but had no luggage.
His marker is in Rest Haven Cemetery . He wanted to be creamated and have his ashes spread but he still wanted a marker for a place to go to leave him flowers if anyone cared to do so. That is one of the reasons I love Find A Grave - it gives me a place to leave virtual flowers for him. He loved flowers, birds, and animals. He was cremated and his Urn in on the nightstand with dried flowers beside it. If you look at the pictures there is a picture of his urn. It is walnut with a beautiful nature scene carved in it. I had a local artist friend paint a bear on the top so now he has a one-of-a kind because he WAS a one-of-a-kind man. When Helen passes - she wants to be cremated and put in the urn with him and then spread on his private memorial garden.
On December 22, 2006 I lost our beloved SHEBA GIRL after she developed kidney failure - UPDATE - We believe Sheba was poisoned by the tainted dog food that has been in the news. She developed the problem very suddenly and was within days of a new supply of food purchased.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: In a beautiful wooden urn in my bedroom
Created by: Helen Bair
Record added: Aug 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11625800