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home : obituaries : obituaries April 29, 2016

5/7/2014 8:00:00 AM
James 'Jim' R. Bair
April 8, 1916 - May 5, 2014
James Bair
James Bair

Mr. James "Jim" R. Bair, 98, Rochester, passed away at 8 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014, at his Wynnfield Crossing residence.

On April 8, 1916, Jim was born in Peru, the treasured son of George Frank and Martha Linebeck Bair. During his childhood the family moved near Ft. Wayne. In 1934 Jim graduated from Ft. Wayne Southside High School then went on to study at Purdue University.

In Seymour, on June 14, 1941, James R. Bair married the love of his life, Margaret O. Murphy Bair. They were married nearly 68 years. From their union came two wonderful sons, Tom and Steve. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 

Less than two years after his marriage, on Jan. 19, 1943, Jim answered the call of patriotism serving our country during World War II with the United States Army. During his stint he was decorated with the American Theatre Ribbon, EAME Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal of World War II.

A Warsaw resident for well over a half century, Jim was a Warsaw businessman. He co-owned the NAPA Dealership until he retired several years ago. As a loyal and devoted member of the Warsaw First Presbyterian Church he served as deacon, elder and trustee. Other memberships include the Warsaw Shrine Club, the Masonic Lodge where he attained 32nd degree mason, and the Scottish Rite of Ft. Wayne.

Left to cherish Jim's memory are two sons, Tom Bair and wife Sue, Rochester, and Steven R. Bair and wife Pam, Cumming, Ga.; four grandchildren, Chris Bair and wife Kerri, Orlando, Fla., Matt Bair, Indianapolis, Jill Longfellow and husband Steve, Estero, Fla., and Tessa Bair, Indianapolis; and a great-granddaughter, Alexis Jade. Preceding him in death are his parents, his loving wife Margaret, on June 7, 2009, and his sister Phyllis, during infancy.

Jim's family will celebrate his life in June with a private family celebration honoring his memory. The Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Eileen Howton

Tom, Sue and family,
Sending heartfelt condolences in the passing of your dad. It's extremely sad to loose a parent however he will remain in your heart always.
God bless,
Eileen Howton

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