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Richard Hamilton Bair, greatly beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home in Easton on Wednesday, August 12, 2009; he was 89.  Born on November 29, 1919, in Woodsboro, Frederick County, he was the son of the late Reuben Hamilton Bair and Lillian May Smith Bair.

    After attending elementary school in rural Woodsboro, he graduated from Frederick City High School in 1937 and was employed by the Glenn L. Martin Company at its Middle River plant outside Baltimore.  He married Louise Virginia Wiles, his high school sweetheart, on December 21, 1940.

    Beginning as a quality control inspector, he remained with the Martin Company until his retirement as Director of Manufacturing, Engineering, and Research in 1976.  He always took great pleasure in the “airplane noise” which cost him his hearing, and was one of the designers of the patented Martin Muffler for jet engines.  He was also active in the oversight of the Rosebud Perfume Company, a family owned and operated business founded by his maternal grandfather, George F. Smith.  Hobbies included fixing anything mechanical or electrical, gardening, and riding motorcycles.  He likes to play cards with his family and friends and was an avid fan of the Baltimore Colts.  He retained his youthful sense of humor throughout his life:  this was greatly appreciated by his grandsons.

    A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served in Hawaii and on Guam with the then-highly classified Joint Communications Activity Pacific, which was responsible for intercepting and breaking Japanese codes and ciphers.

    A longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Parkville, he lived in suburban Baltimore County for many years before moving to Easton in 2005 to be closer to his oldest daughter and grandsons.  He was preceded in death by two sisters:  Lillian Elaine Linz and Henrietta Dixon.

    Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 68 years, Louise Virginia Bair of Easton; two daughters, Carolyn Louise Mattingly and her husband Robert of Preston, Marjorie Ann Weiss and her husband George of Baltimore; and two sons, Richard Hamilton Bair, Jr. and his wife Jeanette of Woodbine, and John Reuben Bair and his wife Helen, of Pennsboro, West Virginia.

    Also surviving are one sister, Dorothy Mae Smoot of Baltimore and 11 grandchildren:  Steven, Brian and Timothy Green; Karen, Richard III, Heather and Jennifer Bair; Marjorie and George Weiss; Daniel and Joel Bair, as well as numerous great grandchildren.

     A funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 16, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 404 S. Main St., Woodsboro, with Rev. Suzanne Morris, pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Woodsboro, officiating.  Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Woodsboro.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home 4-7 p.m. Saturday, August 15. 

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