Willard J. Bair Sr., 89, Hope Hosiery worker, gifted woodworker, enjoyed CBs, outdoors

By on July 18, 2018

Willard J. Bair Sr., 89, of Denver, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Tower Health Reading Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Ruth E. (Miller) Bair, who died in 2012. Born in Adamstown, he was a son of the late William L. Sr. and Katie L. (Snyder) Bair.

Willard was a 1945 graduate of Shillington High School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting guns and coins. Willard was a very talented at woodworking; cabinetry and toys were his specialty. He would often gift his special wood projects to his family.

He worked as a hosiery mechanic for Hope Hosiery Knitting Mills for almost 30 years. Willard enjoyed trucker talk on the CB radio, where his handle was “WB.” He would often get together with his friends for “coffee breaks” and a game of checkers.

Willard is survived by three sons: Michael D. (Diane Heft) Miller; Carl A. Bair; and Willard J. Jr. (Sheri Beck) Bair, all of Denver; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Lenora Adams and Peggy Texter.

He was predeceased by four siblings: Selmer Bair, Richard Bair, Bill Bair Jr., and Marcella Steffy.

Services were held July 17 at the Good Sipler Funeral & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, with Pastor Jeffrey R. Hain officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Adamstown.

Condolences may be posted at goodfuneral.com. Arrangements by Good Sipler Funeral & Cremation Centre, Reamstown.

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