VeteranRichard Adair

Richard E. Adair, 74, of Mattoon, formerly of Fairview, died at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

He was born Feb. 1, 1927, in Charleston, the son of Frank H. and Bernice T. Carrell Adair. He married Janette Woodruff on Aug. 8, 1948, in Mattoon. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Frank (and Patricia) of Biloxi, Miss.; one daughter, Denise (and Michael) Buckley of Laura; three grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren and one sister.

He was a Marine Corps veteran, attaining the rank of sergeant. He served in the South Pacific and participated in the occupation of Japan.

He was a former principal of Valley High School in Fairview and later was superintendent of Astoria Schools.

He retired in 1988 as superintendent of Geff School, in southern Illinois, after serving 39 years as a teacher and administrator.

He was an Eagle Scout.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mattoon, where he taught the Champion Sunday School Class for five years.

Services were held Tuesday at his church. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston, with military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Charleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home in Mattoon was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Champion Sunday School Class.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/23/2001

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