Gary Lee Bair, Sr., 76, of Port Carbon, formally of Landingville, passed away Friday, April 17, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Gary was born in Landingville, on March 5, 1944, a son of the late Mildred H. (Hoffman) and George E. Bair
He was the husband of Lois Louise (Swingle) Bair. They married November of 1998.
Gary had a strong Faith and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Pottsville. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Uvald, stationed in Puerto Rico.
He worked as a Fabricator and Machinist. Gary was a life member of Goodwill Fire Company, Port Carbon. He loved the outdoors. He was an avid Hunter & Fisherman & enjoyed building Bluebird Boxes. He was a past Scoutmaster for Troop #604 Port Carbon, for over 20 years and helped many Scouts, including his son Gary II, get their Eagle Scout Rank. He was in Order of the Arrow and received Wood Badge & Silver Beaver Honors. He Took charge and organizing of the volunteer construction of the Scout lodge in Port Carbon, which still stands today… Gary traveled the world in multiple Countries & States on Mission Trips with UMVIM, Romans 12 & Team Orwigsburg.
In addition to his wife, Lois, Gary is survived by his son, Gary Bair II, husband of Amy Strouse; Daughter Melissa Ebling, Fiancé of Leroy Guildin , Step daughters Wendy Flail, wife of Shawn and Tammy Herb, Fiancé of Kevin Krist; sister, Janet, wife of Thomas Dayson and sister in Law Leslie Bair. His grandchildren are Matheson Bair; Josh, Ally & Andrew Ebling; Haley Ragazinsky; Brandon Flail & Emily Herb. Gary is also survived by Nieces & Nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Robert Bair.
Services are entrusted to the Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation services, Inc., Orwigsburg. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place on Monday, April 20th at Park Hill Cemetery with Rev John Wallace officiating. Those wishing to attend must respect social distancing. Mourners are welcome to come to the Landingville Fire Company by 11:30. Cars will proceed past Gary’s resting place after the committal service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church Gary first attended, Welcome United Methodist Church 107 Main Street Landingville, PA 17972.
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