PORT WASHINGTON Richard Eugene Dick Bair, 73, Port Washington, passed away late Wednesday night, Dec. 28, 2011, in Union Hospital, Dover, following a lengthy struggle with cancer.

Dick was born in Dover on April 28, 1938, a son of the late Clarence and Juanita Cooper Bair.

He was a heavy equipment operator with the former Empire Coal Company and the Valley Mining Company, both of Tuscarawas County, for 25 years before his retirement from Valley Mining in 2000. Dick was a member of the former Moose Lodge, New Philadelphia. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, working with his computer, and solving jig saw puzzles. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his great granddaughter.

Dick is survived by his wife, Doris M. Firn Bair, Port Washington. Also surviving are two daughters, Carol and Betty of Philadelphia, Pa.; two stepsons, James M. (Cathy) Decker of Philadelphia, and Michael J. (Lisa Morrison) Decker of Port Washington; and a stepdaughter, Doris (David) Bratschell of Philadelphia. Dick also leaves 12 step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren, including step-granddaughters, Amber Decker and Ashley Decker, and step-great-granddaughter Alexa Schuler, all of Port Washington; a sister, Elizabeth Betty Margo; a step-brother, Gene (Charlene) Baker of Zoarville; a half sister, Kathy Jo McConnell of New Philadelphia; and several nieces and nephews.

To honor Dicks requests, his remains are to be cremated. No visiting hours will be observed. Graveside services and burial will be held at the Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington, later in 2012 at the convenience of his family.

The family is suggesting that memorials be made in Dicks name to the Community Hospice of Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Stark Counties, 201 W. Third St., Dover, OH 44622. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown is assisting the family with all arrangements.