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home : obituaries : obituaries June 28, 2016

5/7/2013 8:00:00 AM
Richard P. Bair
May 14, 1927 - May 4, 2013
Richard Bair
Richard Bair

Mr. Richard Paul 'Dick' Bair, 85, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at home, Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Born on May 14, 1927, near Tiosa, Richard Paul was the treasured son of Malon and Trella Kenly Bair. Growing up on the farm, he shared his childhood with a sister Mary Louise. During the years of his youth, he assisted his dad with the family farming operation. Primarily crop farmers, they raised corn, wheat and soy beans.

In 1945, with great wildcat pride, Dick graduated with his class from Richland Center High School.

On Aug. 16, 1951, patriotism beckoned, and Dick answered the call, serving with the U.S. Marine Corp. During his stint with the Marines, he was charged as link trainer, teaching pilots to fly at night with exclusive reliance on the flight deck instruments. On Aug. 15, 1953, Sgt. Richard P. Bair was honorably discharged.

Many remember Dick as the owner of Richard Bair Photography, a talented professional photographer, capturing life's most memorable events - weddings, graduations and anniversaries, to name a few. In 1976, he shot his last professional images, and moved to seed corn sales, allowing him to return to his first love, agriculture. As a sales representative for Syngenta, he retired in 1992. From 2000 until 2009, Dick served our Fulton County veterans as their service officer.

In Rochester, on Oct. 20, 1990, Dick married his best friend and the love of his life, Augusta 'Augie' Bathrick. Dick first laid his eyes on her while she was perched upon a bar stool at Baxter Drug Store. Their admiration was mutual and escalated. Together, they shared 22 years of life's adventures, while blending a family of six wonderful children.

An avid gun collector, Dick was a member of the National Rifle Association and other gun entities. He also was the proud owner of a stylish hat collection. Dick also collected many fine writing instruments that he would color coordinate with his apparel of the day.

To relax, he and Augie enjoyed Sunday afternoons touring the countryside, observing the farmers' progress and the varying stages of crop maturity from planting to the harvest.

As adventurers, Dick and Augie visited the Mississinewa Reservoir. Not long ago, they enjoyed hiking the trails. One of their last visits required that they scale up the side of a cliff on tree roots. They made it, huffing and puffing, then nearly collapsing at the picnic table close to their parked car. More recently, they both enjoyed visiting the Judy Burton Nature Preserve to watch the bald eagle soaring high or swooping over the pristine waters of the lake and catching its supper as the sun set.

Dining out was a favorite activity. Dick and Augie especially enjoyed Jarrety's Place. They could always visit with family and friends while keeping abreast of Rochester's latest. Dick particularly enjoyed watching the towns traffic - seeing who all was out and about.

A loyal and devoted life-long member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Dick attended church here for more than 80 years. He served his church in every capacity - sometimes twice. Dick was an elder, trustee and treasurer for a number of years. He served the congregation as president for multiple terms. He honored his family with the creation and erection of a stained glass window in the sanctuary.

Dick is lovingly remembered by his wife Augie, at home; five daughters, Ellen Fitzpatrick and husband Charles, of Arlington, Texas, Suzanne 'Susie' Bair and partner Christie Wise, Amherst, N.Y., Jennifer Crane and husband Bill, of Bloomington, Edie Hisey, of Rochester, and Judy Griffis and husband Brad, of Tippecanoe; a son, Matthew Thompson and wife Judy, of Kenosha, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Natalie Crane, Damien Shriver, Jackie Apt, Billie Reiter, Tanner Griffis, Adam Hisey, Jessica Hettinger and Justin Thompson; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his parents; a sister, Mary Louise Bair; and a son-in-law, Russell Hisey.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Richard Paul 'Dick' Bair will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rochester.

Friends may visit with his family from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

He will be laid to eternal rest in the family plot at the Reichter Cemetery, where he served as trustee for a number of years. Military honors will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Marine Corp Honor Team.

The Good Family Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements and caring for his family.

Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice.

You may wish to sign Dick's guestbook or light a candle to honor his memory at

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Winnie McInerney (Murray)

Dear Augie,

I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I know you will miss him. I always admired, and was even a bit jealous, of the love and friendship that you displayed for each other whenever you came into my restaurant Murrays'. I always looked forward to seeing you and Dick! Thank you for your support and friendship. Take care of yourself! Winnie

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Rex Sims

We met in the Marine Corps. training center in 1953, became close friends when we moved to Rochester in 1960. Dick was a very talented, intresting, and had many skills. He was honest and trustworthy, a great fellow, and a good friend. So sorry to hear of his passing, he was a good guy.

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Susan Clark

My sympathies to the family and old friends of Dick Bair, a frequent visitor to the Fulton County Jail where he and my dad would talk about guns, the state of the world, and anything else that was on their minds. He had a dry and amusing wit, and he often played little tricks on us when we were kids. . . Rest in Peace, smclark

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: LaMar F& Ann Johnson

Ellen, sorry to here of your fathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

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