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Basil Bear


Basil K. Bear, 88, Ft. Wayne, died Monday, November 5, 2012 at Parkview Hospital Randallia.

    He was born December 31, 1923, in Eel River Township, to Alpha Sherman and Alta Margurite (Johnston) Bear. 

    He spent his formative years on the family farm and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1942. He and his wife spent all of their married lives in Ft. Wayne and lived at their current home in Lincoln Park for the past 40 years. He worked at General Electric in Ft. Wayne for 43 years, retiring as a grinder in 1986. He was a member of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and volunteered with the Anthony Wayne Boy Scouts of America for 39 years, earning the coveted Silver Beaver award. He assisted many boys in completing their Eagle Scout ranks, including both of his grandsons.  He also volunteered with the Limberlost Girl Scouts of America as well as the Ft. Wayne Botanical Conservatory. He was an active participant in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, assisting in the development of Lincoln Park.

    He was married July 25, 1953, in Ft. Wayne, to Phyllis J. Lott. She survives.

    Also surviving are two daughters, Charna L. (Michael) Boren, LaGrange, and Alicia A. (Douglas) Hill, Ossian; one son, Dr. Thomas E. (Susan) Bear, Evansville; five grandchildren Alanna M. Hill, Austin K. (Alishea) Hill, Austin T. Bear, Tyler K. Bear, and Lauren M. Bear; and one great-grandson Ethan M. Hill.

    Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p. m. Thursday, November 8, at Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, and 10-11 a.m. Friday, November 9, at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne.

    Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 9, at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne with Pastor William Mueller officiating.

    Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Ft. Wayne.

    Memorials may be directed to Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 W. California Rd., Fort Wayne, IN  46818 or Anthony Wayne Boy Scouts of America, 8315 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN  46804.

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    Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of arrangements.