Roger K. Stear, age 85, passed away peacefully with his loving wife and children by his side, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Gothenburg Hospital.
Roger was born on August 22, 1933, in Cozad Nebraska to Lawrence and Francis (Kerr) Stear.
He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Cozad High School in 1951.
Roger joined the US Navy from 1952 to 1956 proudly serving his country during the Korean War.
Roger married Joan Thomason on June 6, 1955 in Cozad Nebraska. Loving father to Shane, Susan and Jeffrey. Proud grandfather of Andrew, Treasure, Ashleigh, Alex and Mercedes.
Great grandfather of Kinsley Drew.
Roger had a true passion for farming and raising his hogs; starting on the family farm and continuing in Eastern Wyoming in 1969. He truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting and spending quality time with family and friends.
Roger was a spiritual man and was involved in many church activities with the Lyman and Scottsbluff Nebraska Methodist Churches.
Roger and Joan retired and moved back to Gothenburg Nebraska in June, 2016.
Roger is survived by his wife, Joan, of Gothenburg. Son, Shane (Laurie) of St Louis, Missouri.
Daughter, Susan (Keith) Maddox, Fort Worth, Texas. Grandchildren, Ashleigh and Alex Stear, Treasure and Mercedes Maddox, Great granddaughter Kinsley Drew Benoist. Brother Ron (Karen) Stear of Cozad and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by son, Jeffrey and grandson, Andrew Stear. Also, parents, sisters Sharon (Bowen) and Shirley (Paulsen), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and several nephews.
Per Roger’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will not be a memorial service. A Celebration of Life will be held with family and friends at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gothenburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Gothenburg Hospital Foundation, Gothenburg Senior Center or a charity of choice.
He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him.
Memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Paulsen Inc, 1116 East Highway 30 Cozad, NE 69130.
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