Clipped From The Ada Weekly News
mixed heifer Wesley Blair Dies In Ada At Age 35 Wesley Earl Blair, 35, Pon- lest l totoc C(J ' unty ranche r'and a hero of the Korean War, died after a long illness Wednesday in a local hospital Blair lived in this county all his life and was known to hundreds hundreds of Adans as a member of one of the county's most prominent families and his activities activities in ranching and corn- with at Born had TM." a T,\ munity theatre work. The Blair ranch, west of Ada. is famous' for its polled Herefords. Many people will remember him for his co-starring roles in the Ada Community''- Theatre's summer productions of "Oklahoma!" "Oklahoma!" in which he -played a gawky cowboy just back from Kansas City, and "South in which he Pa- trayed a naval lieutenant, unlucky unlucky in love. Blair was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Ada, to Lester and Alma Ray Blair. He attended Washington Grade School and was graduated graduated from Vanoss High School. Blair took a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University in 1952 and, shortly thereafter, was married to Dorine Widney in Fay, Okla., July 5 of 1952. A member of the First Chris- WESLEY BLAIR being, it wasn't in public. Wesley Blair is dead at 35 of cancer -- a tragedy at any age--but more so because of youth. But, the uniquenesses of the friendly country kid will not be forgotten by friends and associates associates throughout the state. Survivors are his wife, Do- . . , . Baras deacon and elder - He was andl^o a member of the Alpha Fa "nhouse fraternity, During the Korean conflict, Blair won the Bronze Star for courageous action as a'second lieutenant in the 45th Infantry Division. But. around Ada he was better better known as a gawky guy with an infectious grin and an unadulterated unadulterated Oklahoma drawl that was the delight of his friends. Wesley Blair sang well, he loved his ranch and their animals, he'relished the theatre roles he took and if he ever said an unkind word about any other tian Church of Ada, Blair served Irine. of the home; a son, Wesley; three daughters, Leslie Carol, Joani Kay and Linda Jean; a brother, Ivan, Norman; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Blair. Blair's body will lie in state at the Smith Funeral Home Saturday Saturday morning until 9 a.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. in the First Christian Church. Rev. J. E. Dorman will conduct the services. Serving as casket bearers will be Mark Griffin, Roy Hanson, Jack Haraway, Bill Horn, Leon Self and James West. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.