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Jerry Douglas (Doug) Lair, 76, a resident of Galt, Missouri, died at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at his home.

Doug was born on August 4, 1945, in Kirksville, Missouri. He was the son of Noah Jerry and Dorva Lucille Turner Lair.

In 1953, the family moved to the Kansas City area. Doug graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1963. In high school, he played football, worked at the Red X Grocery Store and pumped gas at a local gas station. After high school, Doug enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He served in the Marines from 1963-1966, two of those years in Vietnam.

After returning from the Marines, Doug worked for the Federal Reserve Bank and took college extension classes through Central Missouri State University. Later in his life, he also took college classes at Trenton Jr. College in Trenton, Missouri. He worked for TWA until 1970 and then worked as a real estate broker for Paris Realty from 1970-73. In 1973, Doug and his wife, Kay, bought Ralph’s Grocery Store in Galt, Missouri. The couple operated Doug’s Market in Galt for 42 years.

Doug was a member of the Galt Lion’s Club for 45 years. He was also a member of the Galt Volunteer Fire Department and served as assistant chief for many years. He also served on the Galt Housing Board and the Galt City Council for several years.

Doug was married to his high school sweetheart, Kay Caton Lair, who survives him of the home. He is also survived by their 5 children: Kristina Lair of Galt; Kerri (Ira) Wall of Johns Creek, GA; Kirk (Shannon) Lair of Blue Springs, MO; Kevin (Bobbie) Lair of Unionville, MO; and Kent (Tracie) Lair of Grain Valley, MO; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 14, at 11 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Trenton. The visitation was held on Monday, December 13, from 6-7:00 p.m. at Slater Neal Funeral Home in Trenton. The burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Green City, Missouri.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Galt Lions Club or the Grundy R-V School and may be left with Slater Neal Funeral Home.