Robert K. "Bob" Blair

Robert K. “Bob” Blair, age 95, of Milesville, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 1, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music will be provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, Barb Bowen, vocalist, with “One Eagles Wings” and “In The Garden” and Theo Blair, violinist, playing the “Tennessee Waltz”. Ushers will be Craig Hanrahan, Brian Hanson, Glen Radway and Mark Radway. Serving as Pallbearers are, Dan Blair, Theo Blair, Todd Blair, Pamela Blair, Roxie Gittings, Robin Gittings, Tiffanie Wakeley, Tanya Fillingim and Trace O’Connell.

Interment will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Blair Family Cemetery, Milesville, South Dakota.

Robert K. Blair, better known as “Bob” to his family and friends, was born August 30, 1910 in Pierce, NE, the son of Thomas and Katherine (Ottman) Blair.

At the age of nine months, he moved with his family to a ranch above Cedar Pass in the Badlands of South Dakota. He grew up in the Cottonwood area and received his education in that community. As a young man he started ranching for himself on a ranch southeast of Cottonwood.

Bob was united in marriage to Inga C. Olson on December 22, 1932 in Philip, SD.

They made their home on the ranch southeast of Cottonwood until 1942. They then moved to the Hoag Ranch southeast of the Cheyenne River bridge where they ranched until 1946. Then they moved to their present ranch which they operated until 2002, when Bob’s health forced him to retire.

His wife, Inga, preceded him in death on September 17, 2002. In January 2003 he moved into the Philip Nursing Home where he has since resided.

Bob was a former member of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

Grateful for having shared his life are two sons, James Blair, and his wife, Sandra, of Pierre, and Kelly Blair of Milesville, a daughter, Sandra Gittings and her husband, George of Philip; eight grandchildren, Todd Blair and his wife Tamara, Tanya Fillingim and her husband Schon, Tiffanie Wakeley and her husband Brian, Robin Gittings and his wife Penny, Roxie Gittings, Dan Blair, Pam Blair, and Theo Blair; ten great-grandchildren, a special friend, Jean Snyder, of Philip, and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Inga, Bob was preceded in death by a grandson, Kurt Allen Blair; his parents; five brothers, Charles, Thomas, George, William, and John Blair, as an infant; and his twin sisters, Grace May and Katherine Amelia Blair, as children.

A memorial is established.