SIDNEY - Kenneth Ellis Beair Sr., 87, of Sidney, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.
He was born April 15, 1925, in Piqua, to Samuel L. Beair and Lena (Ellis), the third of three children.
Kenneth served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS Swening as an engine room mechanic and gunner's mate in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was a life member of the VFW. Ken also served as Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 188 at the First United Methodist Church of Sidney. Later he retired from a career as a master plumber. He enjoyed the out of doors, animals, playing cards, square dancing, and time with his family.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his wife, Anne M. (Puckett); his parents; a brother; Donald R. Beair; and sister; Leona (Beair) Byers. He is survived by his son, Kenneth E. Beair Jr. of Sidney; and daughters, Kristen (Arthur) Bodiker of Dayton, Katrina (Jeff) Bowersock of St. Marys, Karen (Lee) Tingley of Sidney, and Rachel (Gary) Hale also of Sidney; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two nieces and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with the Rev. Philip Chilcote, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Glenn Cemetery in Port Jefferson.
The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wilson Hospice, 1081 Fairington Dr., Sidney, OH 45365 in Kenneth's memory.
On line memories may be shared at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Oct. 2, 2012