Barry Ray Fair, Sr., age 80, of Pendleton, Indiana, passed peacefully on Feb. 5, 2020. He was born June 11, 1939, in Reading, PA to Raymond and Mildred (Haggerty) Fair.
He graduated from Lebanon (PA) High School in 1957. Afterward he joined the Air Force for 8 years first as an in-flight mechanic then as a computer technician. While in the Air Force he met his wife of 60 years, Florence (Kopala).
He then worked for IBM (Lancaster PA, Kingston & Poughkeepsie, NY) where he started as a service technician and then in the engineering department. He was on the team that designed the airplane transponder in the 1970s and then went onto co-design the first color monitor chip in the mid-1980s. Before he retired, he was working with fiber optics for computer communications.
After retiring from IBM, for another adventure he became a truck driver working for various companies ending with Carter Express in Anderson, Indiana.
He was also a talented artist and furniture carpenter always making beautiful gifts for family and friends. He loved to travel, always taking his family on countless long-distance trips across the country, including all the way to Alaska.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Barry Jr. and wife Karmen (Glaze) of Pendleton, IN, Carolyn Carroll with long-time partner Lee Company from Clearlake, CA and Janice Fair with long-time partner Steven Reid from Elizaville, NY and grandson, Jacob Fair, brothers. Marshall (wife Cathie) Fair of Lancaster, PA, and John (wife Brenda) Worden of Landisville, PA, and sister Shari Adams of Vandalia, GA.
He was a lifetime member of the Red Hook, NY VFW where he served as commander and county (Dutchess, NY) commander. He was lifetime member of the American Legion and the Red Hook Elks club. He was also a member of the Pendleton, IN AMVETS Post 26, where he had many friends.
He donated his body to IU Medical for research and will be cremated, so there will be no funeral. A celebration of life will be held at 2pm Feb 29, 2020, at the Pendleton AMVETS.
The family asks that any donations to be made to any veterans group.