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Peter E. Blair

Peter Edward Blair passed away Thursday, November 9, 2023.

Son of Edward L. Blair and Margaret (Brock) Blair Palmquist, and step-father Walter Palmquist, he was born in Gladstone, Michigan, on April 26, 1946 and grew up in Kipling, MI. He married Amy (Tonn) Blair and lived in Wallace, Michigan, for over 40 years.

He was a family man, an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, a teacher in the Stephenson School District, and a driver’s education instructor. He lived the last five years near his son, Jason, in Allegan, Michigan.

Peter was preceded in death by his wife, Amy. He is survived by his son, Jason, and daughter-in-law, Aimee. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Meyer, his nephew Thomas Meyer and his wife Carla, and their children Matthew and Alicia.

According to Peter’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be a private burial in the spring at Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.

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Carol Rye-Lindberg

November 15, 2023 at 9:18 pm

I was a student of Mr. Blair at Stephenson in 1977 and 1978. He was one of my top favorite teachers and I here his voice anytime I make a typo.


Jane Schlenvogt-Dew

November 16, 2023 at 9:56 am

I had Mr Blair for speech in the 70’s… every time I’m in front of an audience, I remember how he reminded me not to close my eyes while speaking to a group! His comments on my writing moved me forward to be a published author.


Bradley Groff

November 16, 2023 at 10:22 am

Mr.Blair was a resident where I work at golden orchards. He has had such a big impact on me and this job. I love ya Peter fly high buddy. you were always talking about fixing things and how you used to teachers drivers ed. You used to make me crack up when i was having a bad day. i remember you being fiesty man peter you were and still are a great man i miss you deeply.


Cynthia Mcdonough

November 17, 2023 at 2:20 pm

So sorry to read about Peter. Just saw a picture from olden days and was wondering about him. Our sympathy to you all. Cousin Cindy


Kimeen Scott

November 25, 2023 at 2:34 pm

Pete was a colorful, tenacious man with a heart of gold. His quips would brighten my day and I consider myself so fortunate to have spent years teaching with him. I could always count on him for advice and to put a smile on my face! It was awesome to see how he glowed with pride when speaking about he family! Please find solace in great memories of your dad; his love for you had no boundaries . . .


Cecilia Ross

November 26, 2023 at 11:55 am

Jason, Russ and I would like to offer our condolences. We remember the many hours we spent with your Mom and Dad on the ski slopes. I also remember the times he fought for better conditions for us Stephenson teachers. Take care of yourself…much love…Cele Ross


Theresa Radandt

November 27, 2023 at 7:07 pm

He took me as a new teacher under his wing and was a mentor and father figure to during my years at SHS. His huge laugh, sharp wit, and big personality made the school a better place. He will be greatly missed by the many people who’s lives he touched.


Amara Machalk

December 2, 2023 at 12:55 am

I had Mr. Blair for a teacher in 2000/2001. Mr. Blair was also one of our BPA advisors. He loved seeing us challenged and shared our pride when our hard work paid off. He would try to trip us up when we were practicing speech, and took great joy when we didn’t falter. He got us excited for competitions, but also for the places we were visiting. He’d let us know how proud of us he was, even if the outcome wasn’t what we wished. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. He made a big impact on my education as a teacher, and as a person. Sending his family and friends my condolences.

Sincerely , Amara (Aubert) Machalk


Michelle P

December 19, 2023 at 8:12 am

Jason, I just found out about this last night. I’m sorry to hear about your dad. He was a good dad and a kind man. You were blessed with great parents. I hope you are doing well. Take care


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