Richard E. Blair

Richard E. Blair, 76, of West Bend, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1934, in Oshkosh to the late James and Bessie (nee Lind) Blair. Richard graduated from Oshkosh High School in the class of 1952. He served his country honorably from 1952-1956 in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Germany. On March 20, 1959, he was united in marriage to Barbara Suelflow at Peace Lutheran Church in Oshkosh. Richard attended Wisconsin State Teacherís College in Oshkosh where he earned a bachelor of science in liberal arts and a bachelor of science in education. He started his career as a high school English teacher in Portage. From 1964 to 2000 he worked as a sales representative for various educational publishers. Richard was a member and past president of the Wisconsin Educational Representatives Association.

During their 51 plus years of marriage, the Blairs lived in Oshkosh, Portage, Elgin, Ill., Hartford, Beaver Dam and for the past 34 years in West Bend.
Richard was known for his dry sense of humor and his fondness for the art of the pun. He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer fan. He enjoyed watching his grandchildrenís sports activities, having coached his own sons. He also enjoyed his post retirement job, the fall of the year, his family dogs, fishing, reading and going to Costco, along with his passion for buying and selling cars.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Rob (Linda) Blair and Rich (Lisa) Blair, both of Jackson; six grandchildren, Ryan (Angie), Alex, Marty, Jacob, Jennifer and Austin Blair; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Izzy Blair; a sister, Lois (George) Blitz of Oshkosh; other relatives and friends.
In accordance with Richardís wishes, a private family memorial service will be held.

Memorials to the family, the MACC fund or Friends of Autism are appreciated.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at

The family wishes to extend their thanks to Aurora VNA/Hospice, especially Shelley, for their assistance and guidance.