Reverend James B. Blair

Oscoda, Michigan
January 6, 1935 - May 24, 2012

Visitations

A family and friends gathering will take place on Friday June 8, 2012 from 6-8 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda.

Service Location

Other (See Services Description)

Services

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday June 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas.

Obituary Notice

Reverend James B. Blair, a 25 year resident of Oscoda, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday May 24, 2012, age 77 years. He was born in Syracuse, New York on January 6, 1935 to James and Gertrude Blair. Reverend Jim was a retired Lutheran Minister who earned his Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in Syracuse, New York in 1959. He then earned his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1961. In 1983, he earned an Associates Degree in Data Processing from the Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan. Reverend Blair celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a Lutheran Pastor in 2011! He proudly served congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America including St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Baldwinsville, New York; Church of the Master in Troy, Michigan; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Niles, Michigan; and finally Hope Lutheran Church in Oscoda until his retirement from full-time pastoral ministry in 1997. Reverend Blair will always be remembered for his sense of humor, and his life as a faithful pastor, a devoted husband, and loving father. He was an active member of the Oscoda Rotary Club for many years. He also truly enjoyed golf, kayaking, MSU and Syracuse Football. He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Blair, to whom he married in Syracuse, New York in 1955. Also surviving are his 3 loving sons, Daniel (Linda) Blair of Dimondale, Michigan, Christopher Blair of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Timothy (Gail) Blair of Grand Rapids, Michigan ; 5 adoring grandchildren, Ryan, Caitlin, Lauren, Sydney, and Colton; 1 brother, Gerald (Judy) Blair of Syracuse, New York; 5 nieces, 8 nephews, and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Gertrude Blair, and a sister, Joan Polstra. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and his family will have a time of gathering at the Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda on Friday June 8, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A celebration of his life service will take place on Saturday June 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM (noon) at the Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas with Bishop John Schleicher, Reverend Tom Barbrett, and Reverend Matt Carpenter officiating. In his honor, memorial contributions may be made to the Tawas St. Joseph Home Health and Hospice at 716 German Street; PO Box 239; Tawas City, Michigan 48764. An on line guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Cremation arrangements are by the Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda.

Memorials

In his honor, memorial contributions may be made to the Tawas St. Joseph Home Health and Hospice at 716 German Street; PO Box 239; Tawas City, Michigan 48764.

Grace Lutheran Church
401 Main
East Tawas, Michigan 48730

Hope St. John's
223 E. Mill
Oscoda, Michigan 48750

Condolences

Our condolences to Barbara and the family.
Lois & Darrell Neves
— Darrell Neves
I remember Jim from the synod assemblies - great guy. God's peace to you all.
— Pastor Jim Foster
What a kind and loving man Pastor Blair was. He married my husband and I at Wurtsmith AFB Chapel in 1991. My children affectionately called him "Pastor Bear". THey still have the bibles he gave to them. We are sorry for your loss of your precious husband. We will be praying for you daily. PHI 3:20-21
— joel&Deborah Westa
Jim always had a way of bringing out the best in the most unlikely of souls. What a loss we will all bear with his passing. If each one of us can take his lead and share the kindness and patience he so easily displayed...it will be the best tribute we can give in his memory. God Bless you, Rev. Blair. Keep a close eye on us.
— Mary Reitler
What a kind and loving man Pastor Blair was. He married my husband and I at Wurtsmith AFB Chapel in 1991. My children affectionately called him "Pastor Bear". THey still have the bibles he gave to them. We are sorry for your loss of your precious husband. We will be praying for you daily. PHI 3:20-21
— joel&Deborah Westa

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