Mildred Oretta Lair

Mildred Oretta Lair

  • Funeral Date: 12/01/15
  • Funeral Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Date of Birth: 1/31/20
  • Date of Death: 11/26/15
  • Funeral Location: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kenyon

Mildred Lair, age 95 of Kenyon, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2015 at the Sunset Home in Kenyon. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 1st at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenyon with burial at the Kenyon Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be at the Church on Tuesday 1 hour prior to Services.

Mildred Oretta Dyrdahl Lair was born January 31, 1920 to Martin and Olianna (Gunderson) Dyrdahl in Moland, Minnesota. She graduated from Kenyon high school and Minneapolis business school. Mildred was employed at Jostens in Owatonna until she enlisted in the Navy Waves in 1943. While assigned to the Navy’s Great Lakes base she met Chief Boatswain’s mate Virgil Lair. They were married in June of 1945. Mildred was discharged later that year, but Virgil continued his Navy career until his retirement in 1955 with 20 years service. It was during those years all 4 of their children were born.

The family then moved back to Kenyon, the only place Mildred ever wanted to live. There she worked for the Security State Bank full time and later part time for decades. In 1978 she was elected Kenyon’s first woman mayor serving 4 terms. Numerous causes and committees to which she generously gave her time and talent earned Mildred Citizen of the year honors in 1992. At About that time she began reporting the Kenyon News on KDHL which she enjoyed doing for about 20 years.

Her respect and appreciation for Veterans was reflected in her deep commitment and involvement on many levels to American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and the VFW Auxiliary. She loved quilting and produced numerous beautiful examples, many finished with the help of Kenyon’s Pricilla Club.

She is survived by sons Douglas of Kenyon and Thomas (Jewel) of Fredericksburg, VA., daughter Kristin (John Ray) of Barnum, MN., all three of her siblings, sisters Norma (Sammy) Jacobson of Kenyon, Olive (Jim) Anthony of Waseca, and brother Robert (Lavonne) of Kenyon, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, husband Virgil in 1982, and son Robert Jeffery in 2008. The family would appreciate any gifts be given to the Kenyon VFW Auxiliary.

Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

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