Warren John Blair


Blair, Warren John age 80 of Anoka passed away peacefully while at his winter home in Fort Myers, FL. With him was his loving wife of 54 years, Leatrice. Warren was a lifelong resident of Anoka. He entered the US Navy and served during WW II. He returned to Anoka where he was the former co-owner of Local Oil/Super America Co. Warren was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma (nee Leger) Blair; parents, John & Julia Blair; infant daughter, Sally Lee; and brother, Harold. He is survived by his wife, Lea; children Janelle (Tim) Merritt, Harold (Jeanette), Judy (Dan) Richmann, Mary (Sam) Blackburn, Julie (Terry) Rakotz, and Peter (Jana); 10 grandchildren, Mark Merritt, Sean (Kelly) Merritt, John and Patrick Blair, Matthew and Jacob Richmann, Ben and Andy Rakotz, Jack and Chloe Blair. Warren is also survived by his sister, Kathleen Anderson. Warren positively touched the lives of his family, friends and employees with his wisdom, love and generosity. We will keep these memories close to our hearts always. He was our treasure. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 10, 11am at St Stephen's Catholic Church, 525 Jackson St, Anoka. Private interment Calvary Cemetery, Anoka. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church only. Memorials preferred to donor's choice. Thurston-Lindberg Chapel 763-421-0220

This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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Janelle,Tim and family,
We were saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love, Rick and Carol Rosa

Dear Blair Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve known Janelle’s since you lived on 4th Avenue and spent many happy times with your family. I remember and appreciate the sense of security and fun Warren offered as we grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. He made me feel welcome in his home, shared his positive and enthusiastic view of life, and kindly suggested I rethink things when he knew it was necessary. What a warm and caring man. He will be well remembered.
Beth Johnson Bishop

To all of the Blairs -
Pat and I send you a big "hug" - we are so sorry for your loss. Warren was a great man, he touched so many lives of all the former "SA" group. Tough on the outside, but such a softy on the inside! Pat and I hold many memories of Warren and all of you guys! Bless you all in this time of sorrow, treasure all the great times you had with your dad!

To the Blair Family,
Condello and I were saddened to hear of Warren's death. I just found out and won't be able to make it to the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mike & Condello Hostetler

Aunt Lea & family,
I know exactly what you are going through. Warren & Lucky are probably having coffee and gabbing away right now!!! What a glorious thought. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Warren was a wonderful, joyful person & it was my privilege to know him for so many years. Have peace in the knowledge that he is now in a better place. God Bless all of you.
Love, Bec

Jewels and Family-
I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless your Dad.

Lea and Family,
Was reading Gerard Manley Hopkins - To What Serves Mortal Beauty, when I heard of Warren's death. Hopkins stops to admire beauty as "heaven's sweet gift". In prayer he then underlines the self that wears it may attain "God's better beauty, grace". For we realize according to Hopkins, the self reaches the highest perfection when it cooperates with grace and becomes another Christ from which we are named Christian. So he writes that the Christian-...

Judy, Dan, Matt & Jacob and the Blair family,
My heart and prayers go out to you during this time of loss. It is comforting to know Warren's final resting place.
However, my prayer for your family is that all the beautiful memories will surround you during this time of loss. That you will remember those joyful times, wonderful family gatherings and cherish them.
Love - Gwen

To the Blair Family
I am saddened for your loss. I fondly remember your Dad and husband and his great laugh from our block on Fremont Street in Anoka.