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Russell W. "Bud" Adair Jr., 89, Hemlock, passed away at 12:58 a.m. Friday at Community Howard Regional Health, Kokomo. Born Oct. 5, 1928, in Kokomo, he was the son of the late Russell W. Adair Sr. and Hilda (Thompson) Adair.
He was a graduate of Kokomo High School. On Feb. 7, 1959, in Kokomo, he married Sue (Aaron), and she survives. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was in the 101st Airborne Division in the Korean War. He was employed at Delco Electronics for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He was also a retired farmer. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge. He loved taking care of his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; loved animals; was a NASCAR fan, Sprint Car fan, and enjoyed going to the Indianapolis 500.
Survivors include his wife of over 59 years, Sue Adair, Hemlock; two sons, Jeff Adair and Russell Allen (Sheila) Adair, both of Kokomo; three brothers, Jody (Helen) Adair, David Adair, Robert "Larry" (Paula) Adair, all of Kokomo; two sisters, Patricia (Keith) Swavey and Marie (John) Brack, both of Kokomo. There are also grandchildren, Travis (Amanda) Donson, Trent Donson, Michael Williams, Kimberly (Justin) Lowe, Stephanie Adair and Amber Borden. There are 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Caitlyn, Andrew, Jared, Lilly, Connor, Kendall, Cora, Jace and Alexis. There are also several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mike Aaron; one daughter, Kristie Williams; one brother; and two sisters.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2018, at Ellers Mortuary, Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St., Kokomo. Pastor David Osborne will officiate. Burial with military rites by the U.S. Army and the Kokomo Military Rites Team will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. You may read Bud's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com, where you may sign the register book or share a personal message to the family.
Published on March 2, 2018
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