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Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home

1806 East Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI

OBITUARY

Gerald "Gary" V. Blair

March 1, 1932April 15, 2019

Gerald “Gary” V. Blair –

Of Jackson, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the age of 87, at his home in the loving care of Hospice and his family. Gary is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Barb (Dayna), Don (Sheila), Kathy (Mark) Elsesser, and Bruce Grabert; his step children, Ed (Rebecca) Rogers, Trudy Wiles, Deborah (James) Cooper, Sheila (Pat) Bowman; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, loving family members, and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Wilma (Dene); his oldest daughter, Sue Grabert; and brother, Dale (Virginia) Blair. Gary was born in Napoleon, Ohio to Melvin and Alberta (Mohler) Blair on March 1, 1932. After graduating from Napoleon High School he served in the United States Army. He enjoyed travelling. His ingenuity was ahead of its time. He was a jack of all trades having remodeled several homes in the area; he had many different careers including farming, factory work, truck driving. He was instrumental in starting Blair Nationwide Trucking. A service honoring his life will be held at Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 12:00 noon with Pastor Tim Flickinger officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. He will be laid to rest at Roseland Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Meals On Wheels, or a charity of your choice.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Receive friends for visitation at funeral home. Followed by Celebration of Life Monday, April 22, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial at Roseland with Military Honors

Memories

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Jackie Epker

April 22, 2019

I remember the many visits to the farm. Mom and Aunt Dena would visit and cook, the kids would mess around, and Dad and Uncle Gary would disappear to do something with the chickens! I never could figure out what was so interesting about those chickens! Maybe it was a way they could spend time together without admitting it to anyone!

Jenn Shenefield

April 16, 2019

When I was little I thought it would be really fun to pretend I was sick so I could spend the day with grandma. Well grandpa didnt have a load that day and he was home too. He made me stay in the chair and watch his boring shows all day.

Barb Blair

April 16, 2019

Dad thought sports were stupid. Since I played multiple sports, he didn't understand what my life entailed. By my senior year of college basketball, he accepted that I was playing and didn't miss a game.

Kathy Elsesser

April 16, 2019

One of the things that dad love to do was camp so as a child every summer while school was out we would be gone camping at campgrounds that were close enough that he could go from the campground to work so that we could stay there and have fun.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY