Roger “Butch” L. Adair, 74, of Brainerd, Minn., died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter. Family and friends are invited to gather one hour prior to services. Following a lunch in the Brenny Funeral Chapel Reception Room, Interment will take place at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.
Roger was born in Brainerd, Minn., Feb. 17, 1938, to Len and Wilda Adair.
Roger graduated from Brainerd High school in 1956. He was a star athlete, participating in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was a member of the State Championship High School Basketball team of 1954. He graduated from Concordia Moorhead where he also participated in athletics. He graduated with a degree in education. Roger married his high school sweetheart Diane Marie Hickerson Sept. 5, 1964, in Brainerd, Minn. They had two sons, Michael and Thomas Adair.
Roger was a school teacher and coach when the family lived in Lindstrom, Minn. They moved to Crosslake in 1979 where Roger was a land/real estate developer for many years and later retired. Roger enjoyed all sporting events, Vikings, Twins, Gophers and Nascar. Roger also loved life on the lake. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. He kept close relationships with his high school and college friends throughout his life.
Roger is survived by his son, Michael, of Minneapolis; his son, Thomas, wife Stacy and their son, Cooper, of Hudson, Wis. He is preceded in death by his wife, Diane; his parents; and brother, Darrel Adair. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.