Ned Willis Bair
Ned W. Bair, 86, died Saturday, October 16, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones.
He was born January 1, 1924, in Shade Gap, Pa., to the late Roy L. and Mary (Morgan) Bair. He was married for 56 years to Shirley A. (Price) Bair on May 8, 1954, by Pastor Bryon Keesecker in Thurmont Md.
He proudly served in World War II in the Pacific as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps as a tail gunner on a B 24 flying fortress with the 865th Bomb SQ 494th Bomb Gp. and displayed his medals and ribbons along with his flight crew pictures proudly in his home today. He was a truck driver for many years, worked road construction as a pipeline foreman, and retired as a coal miner from GM&W Coal Co., in 1986.
He loved to fish and hunt deer and turkey. He also loved to hunt wild mushrooms with his wife. He had many hidden places to hunt mushrooms, but like any good mushroom hunter he took them to the grave with him. He also loved to visit Benezette, Pa., to see the elk.
He was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Shade Gap, and a Life member of the Blue Juniata Veteran’s Home Assoc. Mt Union, and McConnellsburg American Legion.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Rev. William R. (Tammy) Bair, of Harrisonville; Guy W. (Carolyn) Bair, of Orbisonia; Susan B. (Steve) Jenkins of Saltillo; Timothy R. (Sherry) Bair of Shade Gap, and Tammy M. (Mike) Cohenour of Mapleton Depot, Pa.; 11 grandchildren and 7 greatgrandchildren and two more on the way; brothers: Bernard Baer, Three Springs; Robert Baer, Shade Gap; Max Baer, Burnt Cabins; and sisters: Pauline Peterson, Burnt Cabins; Nancy Baer, Shade Gap; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister, Lois Meece, and four infant siblings.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia. Rev. William Bair officiated. Interment was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Shade Gap.