John Robert Bear, 94, of Carlisle, passed
away on Friday, December 14, 2018 at ManorCare Health Services, Carlisle. He was born on January 10, 1924
in Cumberland County and was a son of the late Orie C. and Clara (Hoover) Bear. John was married for 63
years to the late Dorothy M. (Kelly) Bear who passed away January 8, 2011.
John served in the Army Air Force during WWII and was recalled to the Air
Force during the Korean War. John worked for the former Carlisle Shoe Co., Nanicoke Chemical Co. and retired
from the Pheasant Run Condominiums in the maintenance department. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical
Lutheran Church, Carlisle. John was a life member of Carlisle V.F.W. Post 477.
He is survived by one daughter, Camilla A. (husband, Jackie) Kaltenbaugh
of Newville, three sons; Stephen R. Bear of Carlisle, Kenneth B. Bear of Mechanicsburg and Thomas R. Bear of Newville, two
grandsons; Thomas R. Bear, Jr. and Chad A. Bear and one great-granddaughter, Payton J. Bear. He was predeceased
by one daughter, Rebecca Lynn Bear, four brothers; Wilbur Swigert, Vernon Bear, Creden Bear and Dale Bear and one granddaughter,
Amanda Leigh Kaltenbaugh.
viewing will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 followed by funeral services at 1:30 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers
Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. Rev. Titus Clarke will officiate. Burial
will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Heart Assoc. or the American Cancer Society. www.Since1853.com.
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Dear Steve, Cam, Kenney and Tom: I am praying for you at this time of grief
and sadness. Due to a prior engagement out of town, I will not be able to come to his funeral. I will call later
next week to make an appointment to have you out for dinner some evening soon. Aunt Evelyn
John R. Bear
comment: My late father, Jarl Englund, truly appreciated John's knowledge & occasional help when dad had a two-man
task. I remember John's peaceful manner and quiet intelligence. I was always confident that John "really
knew his stuff," was trustworthy, efficient & kind. Without fail, my often grumpy father would be in a calm
and content mood after talking with John.
John also knew my mother, Elvira (Wise) Englund, who passed in 2001 after
a long illness. I fo tecall meeting friends at her funeral and was touched that John and another gentleman, (a co-worker
perhaps) introduced themselves to me.
Sincere condolences to all who were in his presence. When you miss
him, please remember that his goodness lives on in your hearts.
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