Elmer William “Bill” Blair

Elmer William “Bill” Blair, son of the late Frank Oliver and Frances Anna (Bilsten) Blair, was born on January 3, 1959 in Seaside, California, and passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2008, near Mtn. Grove, Missouri, in Texas County, following an accident. He was 49 years, seven months and 14 days of age.

Bill grew up and attended school in Prunedale, California, and moved to the Norwood, Missouri, area in 1977. He was united in marriage to Mary Benthal in June of 1982. They raised two children.

Bill worked in the concrete business for 17 years and at the time of his passing he had a framing business.

He married Leslie Adamson on September 10, 2006 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. They made their home on Stonegate Drive in Mtn. Grove.

Bill lived and breathed motorcycles. He loved to ride, collect, and work on them. He also enjoyed going to motorcycle events whenever possible.

Bill was a loving and caring husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He loved spending time with his family and visiting with his many friends. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna Blair; a nephew, John Raymond Blair, Jr.; and his grandparents.

He is survived by his loving wife, Leslie Blair of their home; one son, Robert William Blair of Springfield, Missouri; one daughter, Rayna Lynn Hutchinson and husband Thomas, of Kansas City, Missouri; three stepsons, Dustyn Merckling of Springhill, Florida, Justyn Merckling of Houston, Missouri, and Mikal Block of Mtn. Grove; two stepdaughters, Destiny Block and Katelyn Evetts of Mtn. Grove; two brothers, Alvin A. Blair and wife Tina of Mtn. Grove and John R. Blair, Sr. and wife Kim of Elk Creek, Missouri; one sister, Mary (Blair) Mabe and husband Rick of Mtn. Grove; one granddaughter, Gracie Lynn Hutchinson; nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Bro. Rick Mabe officiating. Song selections were “Against The Wind,” “Take It Easy,” “Everything I Own,” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Burial will be at a later date. Services under direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.

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