More detail on this person: Anchorage Daily
News (AK) - Saturday, July 30, 2011
Dec. 22, 1932 ~ July 25, 2011
Paul James Blair, 78, was born December 22, 1932 in Phoenix, AZ to John and Inez Blair.
He married his beautiful bride, Vera Catherine Cram, on August 29, 1952.
He died July 25th, 2011 of congestive heart failure with his loving wife of almost 59 years by his side.
Paul was a Major in the Army and was a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot for 23 years and served in Vietnam, Korea and Okinawa. He also served tours in Ft. Benning, GA; Ft. Belvoir, VA; Ft. Rucker, AL; and Mineral Wells, TX.
Paul retired from the Army in 1973 and started a new adventure in Alaska, moving to Glennallen in 1974 and flying for Wilson Air Service. He and Vera started their own business in 1977, Glennallen Hobby Shop and Glennallen LP Gas and Appliance, which they ran with their girls. They retired in 1997.
He was a beloved husband, survived by his wife Vera, and father to six beautiful daughters who also survive him; Deborah Suderman (Tim) of McDonough, GA; Catherine Perrett (Charles) of Glennallen, AK; Diana Swenk (Ralph) of Anchorage, AK; Cheryl Sparks (Jim) of Glennallen, AK; Paula Schamell (Jim) of Anchorage, AK; and Angela Horvath (Dan) of Glennallen, AK. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; Lauren Stone, Brandon Suderman, Marilyn Bell, Joseph Perrett, Elizabeth Register, Jessica Carlson, David Carlson, Julie Griffiths, Brian Sparks, Amy Sparks, Austin and Breanna Sedillo, Josh, Dawn and Sara Horvath, 9 great grandchildren; Ty, Riley and Kiersten Register, Katy and Ethan Stone, Malana and Logan Bell, Ethan Carlson and Kayden Sparks. Paul is also survived by his sister Imogene Muchmore, sister-in-law Eva Blair, and 10 nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his siblings Velma Steel, Johnny, David, Leo and Merle Blair.
Pall Bearers: Ralph Swenk, David Carlson, Dan Horvath, Josh Horvath, Jim Sparks, and Brian Sparks.
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