Love is Eternal.

Valley Echoes 8-25-14

Richard “Dick” Lear (78) Passed Away Friday, August 22, 2014

Dick and Velma Lear have been our neighbors for some time now. I really didn’t know Richard until now. He passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at his home.

He was born in Bradford on September 1, 1935 to the late Jacob M. and Emma (Harrison) Lear.

It’s funny, but the one thing I remember about Richard, is his manly wave every time we left our home. It didn’t matter if we got into our car 10 times a day, if he were outside he would always wave.

Billy Graham once said, “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.

I know that Richard fell in to this category, because of his battle with death and because of watching his 14 children, 35 grandchildren, and 60 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter stay by his side during his last few weeks.

Ephesians 6:2 tells us to “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Richard died in his home. Every day and night someone was there to help Velma care for him. Richard needed help and the family was there to help him with whatever it took. Richard fought with his heart and soul. But, from my view he fought for his family. He just didn’t want to leave them or his wife of 62 years.

You’ve probably heard this saying: Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad. Watching the Lear family attend to their dying father, made me appreciate their unity. I can only hope that my family will do the same for me and Ginger.

It’s not flesh and blood but the heart that makes a family.

The entire Lear family can be proud for what they did for their dad, mother, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather.

Gone but never forgotten.

Will always be remembered in their hearts.

Richard worked as a wire winder at Hobart Bros. in Troy, Ohio before he retired. He attended the Bradford First Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

The funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Bradford First Baptist church with pastor Mark Lynch officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. Tuesday until time of the service at the church.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.stockerfraley.com

This week’s bottom line: One last wave to my neighbor Richard.

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