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Ronald Harker Bair

1935 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Ronald Harker Bair Obituary
Ronald Harker Bair, 82, being surrounded by those who loved him most, peacefully returned to his Heavenly Father, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
Ron's life began on March 14, 1935, in Idaho Falls as the middle child to Gladys Carolena Harker and Leonard Leigh Bair. Ron's early childhood consisted of fishing, riding horses, boxing, and playing football for Shelley High School and Ricks College. He loved helping his dad on the farm in both Moreland and Leslie and enjoyed many friends and family.
Ron was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While serving in the Eastern States Mission, Elder Bair performed his responsibilities of preparing for the Hill Cumorah Pageant. One of the pageant participants was a beautiful BYU speech student, Janiece Robertson.
There on Cumorah's Hill, Ron and Janiece met and were shortly thereafter sealed together in the Idaho Falls Temple on July 17, 1957. Early in their marriage, Ron joined the National Guard, where he served honorably for 7 years.
Working hard and playing hard were important to Ron. Winter was filled with snowmobiling and restoration of antique equipment and tractors, and summer brought hard work on the farm, tractor shows, motorcycle trips, girls' camps, and Little Buckaroo Rodeos.
Winter or summer, however, Ron always loved a dish of Schwann's ice cream. Mostly his integrity and hard work were the hallmarks of his life and are appreciated by all who knew him. He was and forever will be a pillar of strength to his children and grandchildren–dearly loved and honored.
Ron's church service included 6 1/2 years as bishop, a counselor in the bishopric, Young Men's president, and stake Sunday School President.  Later, Ron served a second mission with Janiece to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. He faithfully performed anything he was asked to do.
In the last few years of his life, Ron moved to Leslie, Idaho, the home to many happy childhood memories. There he and Janiece opened their beautiful home and surroundings for the enjoyment of many church, family, and community groups.
Many father's and son's activities, family reunions, and community parties took place on nearly every summertime weekend. This was when participants enjoyed his tractor and engine displays, played in his pond, and enjoyed his generosity.
Ron is survived by his wife, Janiece, of Leslie, Idaho; children, Steve (Lori Kae) Bair, Thomas, Idaho; Mark (Sherrilynn) Bair, Firth, Idaho; LoriAnn (Patrick) Jones, Buhl, Idaho; James (Jodi) Bair, Osceola, Iowa; Christopher Bair, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Jenni (Sam) Allred, Logan, Utah; brother, Carl Bair of Lovell, Wyoming and sister-in-law Annette Bair of Blackfoot.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Bair; sister-in-law Karyn Bair; daughter-in-law Peggy (Steven) Bair; and great granddaughter Sydney Bair.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at the Moore LDS Stake Center, with Bishop Leslie Summers officiating.
Family will meet with friends from 6–8 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot and from 9:30–11 a.m. at the Moore LDS Stake Center. Interment will be in the Moreland Cemetery at 4 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Sept. 21, 2017
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