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LimaReed Aaron Blair, 84, of Lima, died at 3:35 a.m. April 27, 2012, at Lima Convalescent Home.He was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Lima, to Harold and Bessie Overfield Blair, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 22, 1951, he married Normalee Jordan, who died Jan. 5, 2004.Mr. Blair served as a U.S. Navy seaman second class from 1945 until 1946 and was a veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of South High School, Lima. He had worked at BP Oil (Lima Refinery) as a crane operator for 40 years. He was a member of the First Evangelical and Reform Church. He was a member of Garrett Wycoff Lodge 585, Free and Accepted Masons, where he had served as worshipful master. He also was a plural member of Lima Lodge 205 Free and Accepted Masons and a 32nd degree member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton. He was a former member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275, Lima. He enjoyed all Masonic lodge functions and assembling picture puzzles. He loved caffeine-free diet Coke and enjoyed playing pinochle, euchre and bingo.Survivors include a son, Jeffery H. (Traci) Blair, of Lima; a daughter, Holly (Daniel) Watters, of Lima; two grandchildren, Erin Elizabeth (Andrew) Gall and Adam Dale (Jennifer) Watters, both of Lima; two stepgrandchildren, Tori Lynn (Robert Freuh) and Michael Jerred (Sadie Thomas) Decker, both of Lima; a great-grandson, Jordan J. Watters; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ross Blair and Floyd Blair; and three sisters, Grace Basinger, Erdene Workman and Imogene Foster.Services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home. The Rev. Ed Rhinehart will officiate. Burial with graveside military honors will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, where Masonic services will be at 8 p.m. Monday followed by a Scottish rite ring service.Memorial contributions may be made to Lochhaven Assisted Living, 1650 Allentown Road, Lima, OH 45805; or St. Rita's Hospice, 959 W. North St., Lima, OH 45805.Condolences may be expressed at chamberlainhuckeriede.com.



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