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“I knew Jerry Blair, when I was teen and met him on the charter bus, and He was such a humor man! I missed him. prayers in my heart for his family...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Clint Krogman - Dallas, TX

“I was very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I always enjoyed talking to Jerry. He was very very proud of his family. He spoke often of his kids and...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Dave Castenson - Harcourt, IA

“Jerry Blair and his Father Russ Blair and wife were neighbors of my family growing up on the farm east of town. They were good neighbors to us. ...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Brenda Blanchet Houck - Bremerton, WA

“Just learned today of Jerry's passing. He was always a favorite of ours to visit with---so pleasant and a joy to be around. We will miss him and we...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Merle & Judy (Peters-)Franzmeier - IA

“Enjoyed knowing Jerry; he was such a nice guy! We wish to express our condolences for all of his family members for this sad loss. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Sam and Rita Fleener - Fort Dodge, IA

“Jerry always had a smile and a kind word. He loved to joke with Tim and I. We had many conversations about the 'Blair' history in Dayton and in...Read More »

“My sympathy to Lois and your family. I always enjoyed visiting with Jerry. He enjoyed life and laughter. We visited many times when he was tending...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Swanson - Dayton, IA

“Jerry was a good neighbor and a good friend. I will miss chatting with him in the backyard. Rest in peace Jerry! ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Rob Stapp - Dayton, IA - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Jerry's sudden passing. May God's peace comfort all who are grieving now. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lisa Blair - Raleigh, NC - Niece

Gerald "Jerry" Blair, 79, of Dayton, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton. Pastor Arhiana Shek will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton. A private family burial will be held at the Dayton Cemetery at a later date. For online on obituaries & condolences please visit:

Gerald Russell Blair was born on September 22, 1935, in LeRoy, Minnesota, the son of Russell and Violet (Swaney) Blair. He attended country school in Minnesota. The family moved to Dayton Iowa in 1943 to an acreage east of town, and there he finished his schooling. As a young man, Jerry had many jobs, and learned a variety of skills. He especially appreciated the craftsmanship needed to become a quality cobbler while operating a shoe repair shop.

On June 2, 1957 Jerry was united in marriage to Lois Peters at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmer Iowa.

In 1964, Jerry purchased his father's garbage disposal business, Blair Sanitation Service which he owned and operated until retiring in 1991. In his retirement years Jerry drove a truck for Becker Gravel Company in Stratford.

Jerry belonged to Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton where he taught Sunday School for many years. He also served as a scoutmaster for Troop #26 for nine years. He enjoyed working in the yard and around the house.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Blair of Dayton, Iowa; five children, Gordon (Joan) Blair of Moorland, Iowa, and their children, Sam & Rachel, Jeniece Blair of Olathe, Kansas, Joyce Blair of St. Joseph, Missouri, Bruce (Debbie) Blair and their sons, Alex & Neil, and Van (Lisa) Blair of Waterloo, Iowa, and their children, Collin, Krista and Katelyn; two sisters, Mavis (Wayne) Hagberg of Arizona, and Donna (Daryl) Haub of Dayton, Iowa; one brother, Jim (Marlys) Blair of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ray Blair, and grandson Kade Blair.

Memorials given will be left to the discretion of the family.