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Edwin J. Bear, 90, of Columbia City, died at 5:11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at his residence.
Born June 1, 1922 in Allen County, he was the son of Cassius Elmer and Cecil Lucille (Grayless) Bear.
He graduated from Huntertown High School with the class of 1940. After graduation, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.
On July 31, 1946, he married Phyllis Ilene Walker at Coesse United Methodist Church.
He lived in Allen County until 1951, when he and his wife moved to Coesse. He assisted on his family farm, worked at Wayne Pump, Fort Wayne and worked as a construction worker from 1954-1979. Since 1979, he owned and operated Bear Acoustic, Inc., Columbia City, with his two sons. He is a member of the Coesse United Methodist Church.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Phyllis Ilene Bear of Columbia City; two sons, Dennis G. (Sharon) Bear and James R. (Debra) Bear both of Columbia City; four grandchildren, Erin R. (Todd) Cook, Elizabeth A.(Jason) Fryback, Christopher A.(Katherine) Bear and Jared L. Bear all of Columbia City and two great-granddaughters, Madilyn and Makenna Cook.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eldon Bear; sister, Maurine Witham and infant sister, Lois Louise Bear.
The visitation will be held Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home with Sharon Brockhaus, Certified Funeral Celebrant, officiating. The burial will follow at Eel River Cemetery, Churubusco.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Bearâ€™s memory to Coesse United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.