Gideon "Junior" T. Lair, 75, of Quincy, died at 9:42 p.m. Friday (March 15, 2013) in Blessing Hospital, Quincy.
He was born Dec. 18, 1937, in Lewis County, Mo., a son of Gideon Theoplus and Willa Frances Clow Lair.
He was united in marriage with Margaret Ann Bourne on May 25, 1957, by the Rev. Luther H. Lewis in LaGrange, Mo. She survives.
Junior had worked for Tri-State Wholesale Florist, also known as Stuppy's, from 1969 until retiring due to ill health in 1991. He had served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps
from 1956-1958. He was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church of Taylor, Mo. Junior also had been a tutor through the JWCC Literacy Program.
Survivors include his wife; his children, Pamela Ann Newell and her husband, Larry, of Noble, Okla., Jeffrey G. Lair of Quincy, and Gail June Grawe and her husband, Joe, of Liberty; five grandchildren, Jennifer Jones and her husband, Bryan, Scott Morton, Tyler Grawe and his fiance, Jenny Anderson, Jonathan Grawe and Abigail Grawe; four great-grandchildren, Austin and Denton Morton, Dylan and Emma Jones; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lucille Gosney; and his brother, Leroy Lair.
SERVICES: 2 p.m. Monday in Durham Cemetery, Durham, Mo., with the Rev. Steve Martin conducting. Military honors will be conducted graveside by the American Legion Post 174.
VISITATION: There is no visitation, but family and friends are invited to the graveside services.
MEMORIALS: Gideon "Junior" Lair Memorial Fund, in care of the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, 823 Broadway, Quincy, IL 62301.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.