Thursday, May 19, 2011

Clifford O. Dear (May 18, 2011)

Clifford O. Dear, 85, of Arcanum (Ithaca), died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Heartland of Greenville. Mr. Dear was born in Dayton on September 5, 1925, the son of the late Harold W. and Margaret (Combs) Dear. He was a retired employee of the former Dayton Walther Corporation. Clifford was preceded in death by his 1st wife Cindy (Williams) Dear who died April 30, 1987, Daughter Margaret Ponder, Grandson James Dear, and Sister Betty Burnett. He is survived by his wife Josephine (Morningstar) (Smith) Dear, whom he married October 1, 1987, Daughters Betty Estridge and husband Herb of Brookville, IN and Ginny Daugherty and husband Dean of Arcanum; Sons Harold Dear and wife Sheryl of Clayton, Clifford J. Dear and wife Sharon of Tipp City, Wendell Dear and wife Ann of Troy, and Kirk Smith and wife Lois of Arcanum; 19 Grandchildren; Numerous Great Grandchildren; and Brother Harold Dear of Austin, TX. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Kreitzer Funeral Home, Arcanum with Rev Dr. Joe LeMaster officiating. Burial will follow in Mote Cemetery, Pitsburg. The Family will receive relatives and friends 11:00 AM, Tuesday until the time of services.