Allan Blair, 94, of Langdon, ND, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Quentin Allan Blair was born January 17, 1929, in Maida, ND, to John and Emily (Rutledge) Blair. He grew up on the family farm and attended Maida Public School. Allan entered the Air Force in January of 1952 and served until 1955. During that time he was based in Germany where he fueled and maintained C119 aircraft and dropped paratroopers and supplies. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant before he was honorably discharged. He took 2 years of high school correspondence courses before beginning his farming career. He attended Hanson’s Trade School for mechanics in Fargo 1958-59. On July 19, 1958, he married Joy Estad at Hvideso Lutheran Church near Hoople, ND. They had three daughters and made their home on the family farm near Maida where they raised beef cattle, wheat, barley, and canola. He was a skilled mechanic and welder, spending much time fixing machinery for the family and neighbors. They were actively involved in Maida Community Church until it closed in the 1970’s and members of Emmanuel Evangelical Church since that time. As a veteran of the Korean War, he was an active member of the American Legion. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and taking road trips.
Surviving Allan are his wife of 65 years, Joy, of Langdon, ND; children: Jodi Blair of Orlando, FL, Julie (Wayne) Danielson of Richfield, MN, and Jill (Kevin) Dahlen of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Lexie (Jason) Larson and Ian Dahlen of Grand Forks, ND; step-great-grandchildren: Jasmyn, Elijah & Calvin Danielson of Bloomington, MN; siblings: Violet Underdahl, John (Evonne) Blair, and Jerel (Betty) Blair; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Elmer “Al” (Gerry) Rutledge, Henry (Loella) Blair and Rhena (Joe) Morgan; and brother-in-law Brice Underdahl.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023, at Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will be from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon. Burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery in Langdon.