Raymond J. Blair

Raymond J. Blair Sr., 94, of 144 Blair Road, St. Marys, died at his residence on Saturday, September 10, 2011 following an illness of the past year. He was born February 27, 1917 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., a son of the late Fedell and Caroline Groll Blair. On March 24, 1943, he married the late Wanda Dukich Blair, who preceded him in death on May 1, 2001.Mr. Blair was a member of Queen of the World Church. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was awarded the American Defense Service Medal and the European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Stars. He retired from Pure Carbon Company after nearly 30 years of service and also had several side businesses over the years, including selling products for Agway, operating a gas station and repairing TVs. He was a member of the Elks, PFL and the Kersey American Legion. He enjoyed traveling, playing games and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is survived by two sons, Louis Elia and his wife Myrna of Naples, Fla., and Raymond J. Blair Jr. and his wife Donna of St. Marys; a daughter, Jeanne Panichella and her companion Bob Richardson of N.C.; nine grandchildren, Debra Hickey of Texas, Barbara Weubber of Texas, Charles Nieman of Texas, Michael Panichella of Oregon, John (Vicky) Elia of California, Celeste (Jeff) Wecker of New York, Victoria (Gerald) Showers of Weedville, Mark Blair and fiancee Sherry of St. Marys, and Erica (Charles) Miller of St. Marys, nine great-grandchildren, Orvil and Patrick Elia, Jacquelyn, Rebecca and Kyle Showers, Katelyn and Ryan Miller, Serena and Somer Wecker; and two great-great-grandchildren, Alex and Zoey Elia. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Murphy and Loretta Hanes.A Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond J. Blair Sr. will be celebrated at the Queen Of The World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 12 p.m., with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, as celebrant. Full military honors will be conducted by the St. Marys Serviceman's Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m.Memorial contributions may be made to Community Nurses, Inc. or to Community Nurses Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.Online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreen.com.