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February 18, 2014

Obituary- Adair

PRYOR, OK — Funeral services for Robert Paul Adair III, 76, Chouteau, were Feb. 15 at the Chouteau High School Gym. The Rev. Jess Dinsmore officiated with burial following at Chouteau West Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Key Funeral Home in Pryor.

Adair was born on Jan. 11, 1938, in Mazie, to Robert Paul and Muriel Ruth (Neel) Adair. He died Feb. 12  in Pryor.

He grew up and attended school at Mazie, then graduated from Chouteau High School in 1956. After high school, he continued his education at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Education, then later a master’s degree in Industrial Arts. After college, he began teaching industrial arts at Chouteau High School where he would taught for 30 years, retiring in 1992. There were three things in life he loved dearly, his family, teaching his students and farming. He was more than a teacher to his students; he was a mentor and friend. Many of his students worked for him over the years, hauling hay, planting crops or changing tires out on the farm. He was not only a teacher in the school system, but also a teacher of life. He passed on many valuable qualities to his students like integrity, honesty, work ethic and putting others first. It is no wonder he was so loved and cherished by so many of his former students.

Out on the farm, he was in his element. He loved planting crops, nurturing them then harvesting and he was very good at it. Many of the local farmers would wait to harvest until he started because they knew if he was doing it, the time was right. He taught his nephews about life on the farm and they began working with him as children doing whatever he taught them to do. Later, cousins would also join in working at the farm and it was always a good time. As he got older, he would do a little less out in the fields but he always went to the house an hour before lunch where he prepared a big lunch for everyone. He was a fantastic cook and he enjoyed cooking. The boys said it was torture being out in the field close to lunch because the smell of fried chicken coming from the kitchen was so great. Many wonderful memories have been made on the farm, many lessons learned and because of his life example, his farm will continue on just as he would have wanted it to.

In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring antique tractors, going to and participating in tractor pulls, attending steam engine shows and woodworking. He was a past member of the Water District 2 Board and he also loved spending time with his family and they all enjoyed being around him.

He was a caring, and generous man who would give anyone the shirt off his back. His contribution to the Chouteau-Mazie Com-munity will definitely be missed as well as his friendship.

He is survived by his brother Kenneth Adair of Mazie; nephew Ben Wade and wife Kim of Mazie; one great-niece Myka Wade; special cousins Larry and Renate Neel, Shannon Neel-Bigler, Chris Neel, Michael Neel, Samara Neel, Shephard Neel, Johnathan Taylor, Jasmine Taylor and Charlie Taylor all of Mazie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his nephew Billy Wade and his sister Betty Wade.

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