J. Lowell Bear, 95 of Jamesport, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at his home. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 4th at the Jamesport Baptist Church. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Church. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. Thursday at McWilliams Funeral Home in Jamesport. Burial will be at the Pilot Grove #2 Cemetery near Jamesport. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be made to the Jamesport Baptist Church or Pilot Grove #2 Cemetery in care of McWilliams Funeral Home.
Lowell Bear was born January 31, 1917 to Virley and Charity (Miller) Bear on a farm near Jamesport, where he lived all of his life. He attended country school and farmed with his parents. Lowell enlisted in the US Army Air Corp in October of 1942 and was stationed in the Pacific for 1 year. He proudly served his country for 3 years. Lowell came home on leave and married the love of his life, Rosemary Robinson, November 13, 1943 in Jamesport. After leaving the military the couple made their home on the family farm and raised their children. Lowell was a salesman for Nachurs Liquid Fertilizer in Jamesport where he traveled all over Northwest MO and IA; and sold supplies for Lubrication Engineers. His outgoing personality and knowledge of the farming industry gave him the ability to assist his customers with their needs. All the while he continued to farm; his passion and love of the land was a career that lasted a lifetime. Lowell retired in the early 90’s but always kept up on the changing times.
Lowell was a man of deep faith and attended the Pilot Grove #2 Church where he became an Ordained Deacon in 1951; he also served as Sunday School Superintendent. He received his 50 year Deacon pin for his dedication to his church. Lowell and Rosemary attended the Jameson Baptist Church and later the Jamesport Baptist Church, where they were devoted members and enjoyed the fellowship with their church family. Lowell loved to play cards and greatly enjoyed having family and friends over for an engaging game of Rummy. In his spare time he liked to fish and take solace in the peace and tranquility of nature. In the later years Lowell loved to reminisce about his time in the military with a vivid recollection of the events. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who served God as well as his family. He was an amazing man who touched many lives with his kind and gentle spirit. Lowell will be greatly missed; his legacy will live on through his family and friends.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Beverly Jane Bear, sister, Frances Ramsey and Great Grandson, Taylor Bear.
Lowell is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Rosemary of the home, son, Bill (Susie) Bear of Trenton, MO, daughter, Barbara Ahrendt of Jamesport, MO, Grandchildren, John Bear, Brenda Moore, Zebulum and Zoee Ahrendt and great grandchildren, Katie & Briana Moore and Lauren Tyron and a host of friends.