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Former Richmond resident Donald E. Bellairs Sr., 90, died Feb 13, 2018, in Newberg, Oregon. A private service will be held, followed at a later date by a public celebration of life.
Mr. Bellairs was born Dec. 23, 1927, in Coffeeville, Kansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after high school and served in Korea following World War II. After his military service, he graduated from the University of Tennessee and became a women's ready-to-wear buyer at Miller's department store (Knoxville), Harvey's (Nashville), and Donaldson's (Minneapolis). In the mid-1960's, he and his family moved to Richmond, Kentucky, where Mr. Bellairs owned and operated Bellairs (formerly The Louise Shop) clothing store and, later, Elizabeth's, Bellairs-Richmond Mall, and Town and County Real Estate. He was president of the Richmond Little League, a Sunday school teacher and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church, and an active member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. In 1983, he joined the Peace Corps and served in Palau before becoming a fundraiser for the United Way in Seattle, Washington and San Bernadino, California. He officially retired as director of the Highland Senior Center in San Bernardino and moved to Beaverton, Oregon, where he joined his son Brian's real estate firm.

Mr. Bellairs was a skiing enthusiast, an accomplished photographer, a ballroom dance instructor, and an avid world traveler. He served in official capacities in the Rotary Club and in Toastmasters. He was active in the NW Senior Theater and in the Pacific Pointe Chorale in King City, Oregon.

He is survived by his four children, Debbie, Don Jr., Bart, and Brian, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren and Louanne Mitchell.
Published on February 23, 2018
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