Levi H. Blair, with his sons by his side, passed away on July 4, 2020 of natural causes.
Levi was born on March 13, 1935 to Arista Blair and Ella Reese Blair in Vail, Iowa. He graduated from Vail high school in 1955 and joined the United States Marine Corp the same year. He was released from duty in 1959 and continued in the Reserves until 1961.
Levi married Geraldine Suntken in 1960. They made their home in Vail with their two sons, Richard and James.
Coming out of the service, Levi worked for Marvin Provisions of Vail. For several years he worked as a meat salesman before transferring to the Boyer Provision of Sioux City, Iowa. That gave him the opportunity to move to Gordon, Nebraska in 1970, operating as a salesman for Boyer's out of the Nebraska Beef packing plant.
Once settled in Gordon, he was united in marriage to Ethel Landreth in 1973, gaining a son, David.
After selling meat, Rudy Stanko Sr, hired Levi for maintenance at the packing plant, working with Leland (Prudy) Pruden.
In the early 80's, Blair Plumbing was founded and operated until 2012. In his spare time, Levi supported his wife Ethel in many endeavors which highlighted her love of baking and his gift of visiting. Setting up their food truck for local auctions kept them both very busy. Even after selling the plumbing business, he was frequently called on for advice.
Levi was preceded in death by his wife Ethel, his parents, brothers Andrew, William, Richard and an infant sister Dorothy.
Those remaining to cherish his memory include his sons, Richard (Connie) of Frazee, MN, James (Patty) of Lake Ozark, MO and David (Kay) of Elwood, NE. Many nieces and nephews along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday July 8, 2020, 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Gordon, NE. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Gordon Cemetery. A memorial has been established for C.A.R.E. and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.