Charles Waldon “C.W.” Lair, 87, of Quincy, Ill. went to be with his Lord and savior at 8:29 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.
A private life celebration visitation and Memorial Service were held at the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy. Pastor Keith Ehresman officiated. Burial followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery with full military honors by the Illinois Army National Guard Funeral Detail.
C.W. was born May 6, 1933, in Bethel to James Waldon and Mildred Buckingham Lair.
He was married to Dorothy Homan on Dec. 10, 1994 in Bethel. She survives.
Other survivors include two children, Roger Lair (Debra) of Macon and Rod Lair (Sara) of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two step-children, Jerry Weisenberger (Candy) of Quincy, Ill. and Kelly Sorrill (David) of Fowler, Ill.; four step-grandchildren, Christopher Weisenberger, Adam Weisenberger (Shelbie), Megan Schlepphorst (Mark), and Tanner Sorrill; and four step-great-grandchildren, Caleb, Joshua, and MacKenzie Weisenberger and Bryce Schlepphorst.
C.W. was preceded in death by his parents and several cousins.
After graduating from Bethel High School, C.W. proudly served his country in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War.
Professionally, C.W. was an electrician by trade and a union member of IBEW. He retired from Supreme Electric in Quincy, Ill. At one time, he also owned a car dealership and hardware store in Shelbyville.
C.W. loved sprint car racing as both an owner and spectator. He was a mechanical craftsman and had his own workshop where he spent a lot of time doing small engine repairs and working on model cars and tractors. He also restored antiques in his spare time.
C.W. was a member of Madison Park Christian Church where he served as an elder and president of his Sunday School class. He also volunteered many hours doing electrical work at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Madison Park Christian Church or Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association.
Online condolences may be shared and a video tribute may be viewed at www.ODonnellCookson.com.