William "Bill" McAlear, 86, of Marshall, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at First Christian Church in Marshall, with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial with military rites will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to the McAlear Scholarship at First Christian Church in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Dec. 17, 1921, in Kansas City, he was the son of Grace White McAlear Davidson. On Aug. 24, 1946, he married Marcille Vesser, who preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 1981. On Oct. 9, 1982, he married Alice Marsh Alexander, who preceded him in death on June 16, 2007. He had lived in Marshall most of his life and was retired from Shelter Insurance Company after 41 years. He was a 1939 graduate of Marshall High School and a 1949 graduate of Missouri Valley College. He was a member of First Christian Church and was a deacon. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in February 1942, graduated from flying school on Nov. 10, 1942, was a flight instructor until 1944 and served as a pilot in the South Pacific until May 1946. He remained in the Air Corps Reserve retiring in 1969 as Lieutenant Colonel.
Survivors include one daughter, Georgann DeMoss of Marshall; one son, John McAlear and his wife, Sally, of Springfield; three stepchildren, Doyne Alexander of Grain Valley, R. Lin Alexander of Marshall and Nancy Kelly of North Kansas City; three granddaughters, Georgia Jeffries of Chesterfield, Gretchen Arends of Olathe, Kan., and Jamie DeMoss of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one niece; and four nephews.
In addition to his mother and wives, he was preceded in death by one brother, Albert I. McAlear.
Additional information provided per family recompense.