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Official Obituary of

Larry Don Spear

July 11, 1936 ~ February 23, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Larry Spear Obituary


  Larry Don Spear was born July 11, 1936 in Lincoln County, the youngest child of Frank and Alta (Titsworth) Spear. He departed this life on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the age of 87.

  Larry was a retired farmer and lifetime resident of Lincoln County. In June 1955, he married Wilma Jean “Jeanie” Ryan and to the union, three sons; Steve, Mike and Brad were born and raised on the family farm Northwest of Lincoln.

  Farm life was the best life for Larry. He spent the majority of his days tending to the land and sharing his knowledge of farming practices as well as a solid work ethic with his family. He never missed a day of work and even up until his final weeks, he was always busy, which kept his mind sharp and his body mobile.

  When work was finished, Larry, known by “Papa” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was known to enjoy an afternoon of fishing, family time at the lake, a solid game of cards, a piece of homemade pie (or two if Sue allowed him) and always…a well deserved nap!

  After the loss of his wife of 48 years, Jeanie, Larry met Virginia “Sue” Dean and the couple wed in February of 2005. Larry and Sue were well-known on area dance floors and spent many hours kicking up their heels at Jolly-Mixer dances. Their love of dancing also blessed them with many friendships throughout the years.

  Larry was a believer of Christ and never missed an opportunity to share the Word of the Lord. While he will be deeply missed by his family, he can now rest in the eternal glory of his heavenly home.

  Larry was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty “Jean” Markley and Shirley Phillips; wife Jeanie Spear; and son Brad Spear.

  Left to celebrate Larry’s life and legacy include his wife Sue; sons, Steve (Jill) Spear and Mike (Lori) Spear; daughter-in-law Diane Spear; grandchildren, Ryan (Lori) Spear, Jared (Lisa) Spear, Corey (Kacy) Spear, Rachael Spear, Adam Spear and Jesse Spear; great-grandchildren, Aziah, Kaydence, Teryn, Axl and Stryker.

  A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 27 at Prairie Grove Cemetery, rural Lincoln.

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