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LimaReed Aaron Blair, 84, 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. He married Normalee Jordan, who preceded him in death.Mr. Blair was a graduate of Lima South High School. He had been a crane operator at BP Oil Co./Lima Refinery, for 40 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving from 1945 to 1946, as a seaman 2nd class. He was a member of First Evangelical and Reformed Church. He was a member of Garrett Wycoff Lodge 585 Free & Accepted Masons, where he had served as worshipful master. He was also a plural member of Masonic Lodge 205 F&AM and a 32nd degree member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton. He had been a member of Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 54 and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275. He enjoyed all Masonic lodge functions and putting picture puzzles together. He loved caffeine-free Diet Coke and enjoyed pinnacle, 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) Decker 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 and Floyd Blair; 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 will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites.Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. followed by a Scottish rite Ring service Sunday.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 www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com.

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