Winfield "Hutch" Bearce, 68, of Pella, Iowa, and summer resident on Burt Lake, Mich., died Monday, July 24, 2006, in Indian River, Mich.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1937, in Auburn, Maine, the son of Winfield H. and Marguerite (Murless) Bearce. He graduated from Kent's Hill School in Kent's Hill, Maine, received his bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a master's degree and doctorate from the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wis.
On June 10, 1961, he married Gretchen Hildner in Jacksonville, Ill. The couple settled in Marshall, where they started their family. He took a leave from Missouri Valley College, where he was a professor teaching chemistry, to serve in the Peace Corps in Nairobi. He returned to Missouri Valley College where he later became academic dean. For five years he served as academic dean of High Point College in High Point, N.C. He then moved to Pella, Iowa, where he served as dean of Central College. After his retirement, he and his wife divided their time between their homes in Pella, Iowa, and Indian River, Mich. He remained active with the Counsel of Independent Colleges.
He was an active member of the Second Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa, where he sang with the church choir and volunteered with Work of Our Hands store. He was active with the Little Traverse Conservancy in Harbor Springs, Mich.
He is survived by his wife, Gretchen; children David Bearce, of Pittsburgh, and Katherine Bearce of Pella, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell Rd., Harbor Springs, Mich. 49740, or Central College, 812 University Place, Pella, Iowa 50219.