• "Everyday you are in my thoughts and my love"
    - Veronica Lair
  • "Happy Father's Day in heaven daddy I miss you so much and..."
    - Amburly Lair
  • "Hi daddy it's almost that horrifying day of 2 years that I..."
    - Amburly L
  • "Hi daddy it's been a few months since I wrote to u! I miss..."
    - Amburly Lair
  • "Hi daddy well Monday is ur birthday and don't think cuz you..."
    - Amburly L

Curtis Lair, 52, of Richland, peacefully passed away at Kadlec Regional Medical Center on Wednesday among family and friends after a hard-fought battle against cancer.

He was born to the late Wallace and Margaret Lair, April 27, 1961, in Longview, WA. He graduated from Kennewick High School in 1980 and on Thanksgiving 2005 met the love of his life Veronica (Buttice) who he married the following April in Coeur d' Alene, ID. They spent eight happy years together remodeling their condo, traveling, and taking several trips on his pride and joy Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Shortly after high school graduation, Curtis began his 33-year career with Boise Cascade where he formed lifelong bonds with many friends who held a special place in his heart. Curtis' hardworking ethic and dedication allowed him to move through the ranks, eventually becoming a heavy equipment operator with the company he loved. Curtis was also an avid adventurer who loved spending weekends hunting with his brother Don and friends.

Curtis is survived by his loving wife Veronica; his three beautiful daughters that he profoundly loved: Ashley (Tyler) Tompkins, Alyssa (Matt) Ducat, and Amburly Lair; and step-children: Kambria (Ray) Dumesnil, Kara Caldwell, and James Caldwell; as well as his 10 grandchildren who deeply loved their "Papa Curt": Gavin, Easton, Aubree, Averie, Ashtyn, Karsynn, Kasedy, Jensen, Cayden, and Klaire. He is also survived by his brothers Don (Bobbie) Lair and Jim (Connie) Lair, his sister Karen Dopps, and his mother and father in-law Roy and Barbara Buttice. He was preceded in death by his older brother David.

In keeping with the wishes of Curtis, he will be cremated and a service will be held at a later date this spring during his favorite time of year to celebrate the life of the man who will remain in our hearts forever.

"A heart of gold stopped beating, two willing hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best."

-- Unknown author

Published in Tri-City Herald from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2013