February 7, 2019 at 10:15am

Arnie BlairMemorial for Arnold “Arnie” Blair ’66

CHAMPAIGN — Arnold “Arnie” Blair, 74, lost his 8 month battle with melanoma cancer on Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2019) at Helia Healthcare in Champaign.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1944, in Flora, to Wendell and Julia (Powell) Blair. They precede him in death. Arnie married Nancy Harrison, his wife of 53 years, on April 23, 1966, in Des Plaines.

Arnie is survived by his wife; children, Geoffrey Blair, Robert (Noreen) Blair and Jason (Nikki) Blair; grandchildren, Jordan and Ashley Blair; siblings, Leslie Blair, Byron (Diana) Blair and Susan (Jim) Ferris. 

Arnie was raised in Paris, Ill., and graduated from Paris High School in 1966. He then attended Millikin University in Decatur, where he received his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He then acquired his CPA certification in 1969 and worked as a CPA until his retirement in 2009. Arnie was a member of the International Churches of Christ in Charleston, Chicago and Champaign. He served in various roles in each congregation. Arnie enjoyed playing golf and reading political mysteries.  He was also a mentor for eight years for the Champaign School District.  Most of all, Arnie enjoyed time spent with family and friends.

Services will be held at Champaign Church of Christ, 1509 W. John St., Champaign. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Service will follow at 1 p.m. Please join Arnie’s family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at sunsetfuneralhome.com.


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