Forrest H. Lear, 84, of Sweet Springs, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at University Hospital & Clinics in Columbia.
Graveside services, with military rites, will be held at noon Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born April 16, 1923, in Sweet Springs, he was the son of the late Elmer Lee Lear and Lorie Belle Norman Lear. On Jan. 19, 1947, he married Jean Schowengerdt, who survives of the home. He had lived in the Sweet Springs area his entire life, where he was a farmer and heavy equipment operator. He was a 1941 graduate of Sweet Springs High School, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Operating Engineers Local 101.
Additional survivors include two sons, Michael Lear of Sweet Springs and Joe K. Lear of Columbia; one daughter, Patricia Lear-Johnson of Raymore; one grandson; one step-grandson; one step-great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Orville Lear.