David Bear

Alton |

David E. Bear, 93, passed away at 7:52 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Alton Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 27, 1917, in Tuscumbia, Mo., the son of the late Madison and Sadie Jane (Abbet) Bear. He married Myra E. Bonnell on June 6, 1946, in Alton and she survives. He was a graduate of Springfield State Teacher’s College (now Missouri State University) and earned his Doctorate in Education from Washington University in 1958.

Dr. Bear worked for the Alton School District for seven years and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for 21 years. He was one of the first teachers hired in 1957 when the SIU campus opened in Alton. He was a member of the Upper Alton Baptist Church, Franklin Lodge AF and AM, and Phi Delta Kappa. Bear served his country in the U.S. Army from April 1942 to December 1945.

He is survived by his wife; three sons and their spouses, Philip (Marietta) Bear of Godfrey; Stephen (Susan) Bear of Chesterfield, Mo.; and John (Kathryn) Bear of Orange Park, Fla; two sisters, Susie Pryor of Jefferson City, Mo.; and Bonnie Tyler of Godfrey; 12 granchildren, Peter Bear, Jonathan Bear, Maria (Greg) Hernandez, Rachel Bear, Christine (Doug) Provost, Matthew (Susan) Bear, Katherine Bear, Melissa Bear, Allison Bear, Natalie Bear, Hannah Bear and John Bear; and three great-grandchildren, Theresa Bear, Ashleigh Provost and Claudia Hernandez.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marie Stillwell; and one brother, Arthur Bear.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Upper Alton Baptist Church, 2726 College Ave. in Alton. Memorials may be directed to Upper Alton Baptist Church.  Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home is in charge of arangements.

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