CPL JONATHAN F. BLAIR, 21, died November 19, 2005, near Bayji, Iraq, during combat operations. He was a member of Co. B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship for M-16 Rifle, and the Combat Infantry Medal.

He also has been awarded all the “Honor and Love” his family possesses.

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, he was a senior at Elmhurst High School when the 9-11 tragedy occurred. At that point he determined he would join the armed services and do what he could to make this country a safer place. He joined the Army after graduation. This was his second tour of duty in Iraq.

Survived by his mother, Vickie J. Blair; sister, Jessica Blair; father, Kent Blair; two stepbrothers, Kent Jr. and Aaron; one stepsister, Sammy Jo; three nieces, Gracie, Autumn, and Erin; his maternal grandparents, John and Theresa Bennett; maternal great-grandmother, Opal Syndram; fraternal great grandmother, Zelda Garrison; 25 aunts and uncles; and 29 cousins.

He was preceded in death by his fraternal grandparents, Richard and Beverly Blair.

Calling was Wednesday, November 30, at Elzey Patterson Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old trail Road. Services were Thursday, December 1, at Waynedale Baptist Church.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to Elmhurst High School History Department or Salvation Army.

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