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 Howard Lee Blair

Howard Lee Blair

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Death 26 Oct 2008 (aged 91)
Burial Erie, Whiteside County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 110106542 · View Source
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Howard L. Blair, 91, of Erie, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at his home in Erie.


There will be no services. Private burial will be in Erie Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Erie Baptist Church, Erie. Arrangements were handled by Gibson Funeral Home, Erie.


Howard was born July 30, 1917, in Scott County, Ill., to James Harley and Flora Walker Blair. He married Ruthie Zuidema in 1952 and they later divorced in 1968.


He served for 11 years in the U.S. Army, where he became a sergeant in the 868th Anti-Aircraft Artillery. During his years of service, he received the American Defense Service Ribbon, Asiatic Theater Ribbon and was awarded one bronze battle star, six overseas service bars, three service stripes and the good conduct medal. After being discharged from the Army, Howard worked for John Deere Harvester for 36 years, retiring in 1982. He was a longtime member of the Erie Baptist Church, where he served on the board of trustees. He obtained his pilot's license and enjoyed flying. He also enjoyed going to bluegrass music festivals, and meeting his friends at McDonald's in East Moline.


Survivors include his three sons, Gary Blair, Dixon, Ill., Larry Blair, Clinton, Iowa, Duane Blair, Dubuque, Iowa; sisters, Dorothy Hawkins, Springfield, Ill., Eldora Grimsley, Woodriver, Ill.; brothers, Robert Blair, Gainesville, Fla., James Blair, Erie; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Blair; five sisters; and one brother.



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  • Created by: Teresa
  • Added: 6 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110106542
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Howard Lee Blair (30 Jul 1917–26 Oct 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110106542, citing Erie Cemetery, Erie, Whiteside County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Teresa (contributor 47377173) .