Gary K. Blair, 60, of New Castle, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. Gary was born on July 8, 1958, to the late Sim Edgar and Mary Geraldine Witt Blair. On July 25, 1977, Gary married Melissa Mae Townsend in Georgia.
Gary proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines for 2 years. He had also been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Connersville.
Gary loved to read, especially J.R.R. Tolkien’s collection. He also enjoyed collecting antiques. He was a music enthusiast and loved listening to the Beatles. Gary had a “green thumb” and could grow any plant he touched.
In addition to his wife, Melissa, Gary is survived by four daughters, Mary (Jeremy) McPeak of Greenfield, Luthien (Dean) Draven of Marion, IO, Melian (Ricky) Feldman of Greensburg, and Martha Blair of Fairborn, OH; four sons, Timithy Blair and Albert Blair, both of New Castle, Adam (Jenny) Blair of New Castle, and Herschel Blair of New Castle; two brothers, John Byrd of Greensburg and Doug Blair of Connersville. He will also be greatly missed by 16 grandchildren; Melissa, Melina, Jamison, Baron, Katherine, Amara, Dreyden, Nolan, Donaven, Emma, Addison, Abram, Alec, Gwyneth, Sariah, and Saide.
Along with his parents, Gary was preceded in death by a brother, Rick Byrd.
Visitation for Gary will be held on Tuesday, June 18, from 11:00am – 12:00pm at Urban Winkler Funeral Home, Connersville. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery.