LOWVILLE, NY — Blair Ripley Buell, 89, of Brookside Circle, Lowville, died Tuesday morning, June 9, 2020, at his home under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.
Born Aug. 3, 1930, in Star Lake, the son of late Claude Edwin and Clara Ripley Buell, he graduated in 1948 from Lowville Free Academy.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and was honorably discharged as a Tech Sergeant in 1973 when he retired. He returned to Lowville and worked for Kraft as a cook until 1993, and at the same time he delivered rural mail for eight years.
He married Joan S. (Bailey) Thenes on June 2, 1984, at their home with Rev. Susan Crane, pastor of the Lowville Baptist Church, officiating. Joan and Blair made their home on Collins Street. She died on March 1, 2009.
Blair is survived by his three daughters, Brenda H. (William) Disch of Lowville, Constance M. (William) Arceneaux of Houston, TX, and Bonnie J. Love of Fairfield, CA; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Laura J. McLaughlin of Moravia; two brothers, Frank Buell of New Bremen; LeLand C. Buell of Moravia; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Rhonda J. Stella, a nephew, Robert J. Buell, his two brothers, Robert, and Brice E. Buell, three sisters, Allene Buell, Linda Lou Buell, Marion Doolittle, the Buell in-laws and Bailey families.
Blair was Administer of Fiddlers Hall of Fame, Osceola; a member of Old Tyme Fiddlers Association, Black River Fiddlers and Central Chapters, a song writer with over 500 songs and received several honorable mentions from Country Song Category and Music City Song Festival Billboard Magazine. He recorded and made music cd’s for many fiddle players, and country musicians throughout the north country. With Joan they formed Fiddling Friends playing for the Arc, nursing homes, hospitals, and senior citizens. Blair also published a book of poems.
He was a life member of the Lowville Baptist Church and Lewis County Memorial Post # 6912, V.F.W.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Lowville Baptist Church with Rev. Leon Runner, pastor, officiating. Social distancing and masks must be worn to attended.
Burial with military honors will follow in Beaches Bridge Cemetery.
Memorials in Blair’s name may be made to: Lupus Foundation of America, Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc., Brookside Senior-Living Community Benevolent Fund, or Lowville Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.sundquistfh.com