RALPH JAMES ABAIR

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GEORGIA — Ralph James Abair, 65 of Nottingham Drive, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at his home in Georgia.

Ralph was born Feb. 25, 1950 in Middlebury, the son of the late Ralph Edward and Janet Holcomb Abair. He served his country during the Vietnam War with the US Army. During his service he received the Vietnam Campaign Medal with both the 60 Device and Bronze Service Star and was also awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in conflict.

Following his discharge in 1972, Ralph married the former Janet Zierdt in Wassaic, N.Y. In 1985 they moved with their family to Addison, where he worked on a dairy farm. From there, they moved to St. Albans where he continued his farming. Ralph enjoyed watching John Wayne movies in his spare time, however his love was being with his wife and family who will dearly miss him.

Ralph is survived by his wife Janet of Georgia; their children, Kathleen Abair and her partner, Chris Caswell, of Georgia, Margie Abair and her partner, Curtis Farnsworth, of Milton and Robert Edward Abair of Georgia; his grandchildren, Shawn, Martina, Moriah, Kayden and Cameron; His sister, Stephanie Haegler of Pawling, N.Y.; his brother, Norman Abair and his wife, Tracy, of Torrington, Conn.

The family wishes to thank Franklin County Home Health and Hospice, especially Jean Dube, for the kind and compassionate care extended to Ralph during his illness.

Visiting Hours will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Minor Funeral Home, Route 7 in Milton. Burial with full military honors will be held later in the spring in the Georgia Plains Cemetery at a time to be announced later.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Hospice, 3 Home Health Circle, Suite 1, St. Albans, VT 05478.