CAMBRIDGE -- Clarence Henry Bear, 88, died Wedneday (Jan. 9, 2008), at the Tri Valley Health System Cambridge Manor in Cambridge.
He was born June 14, 1919, to William and Essie (Barry) Bear in Bloomington. He attended and graduated from Bloomington High School in 1938.
He enlisted in the US Navy on Sept. 18, 1942, during World War II. He served aboard the USS Minneapolis and the USS Diachenko in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns and the Philippine Liberations. He was honorably discharged on Nov 3, 1945.
He went to work for the railroad on a bridge crew from Holdrege to Wray, Colo. He married Madeline (Dolph) Gutzman on July 31, 1952, at Holdrege. They operated café's in Cambridge, Bartley and Indianola until Madeline's death on May 9, 1961, in a motor vehicle accident.
He was a member of the Methodist Church of Indianola, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Madeline; one brother, Orra Bear; and three sisters, Alta Poyser, Marie Crouse and Ruth Laverack; and a special friend of many years Marie Weskamp of Indianola.
Survivors include his daughter, Shevawn and husband, Rocky Willis of Culbertson; one stepson, Francis and wife, Marjorie Gutzman of Indianola; two stepdaughters, Ardis Brown of Indianola and Marge Davis of Arriba, Colo.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 2 p.m., at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary with the Rev. David Rowe officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery of Cambridge.
Memorials may be left in his name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.