Reverend James B. Blair
January 6, 1935 - May 24, 2012
A family and friends gathering will take place on Friday June 8, 2012 from 6-8 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda.
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A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday June 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas.
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.
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
East Tawas, Michigan 48730
Hope St. John's
223 E. Mill
Oscoda, Michigan 48750