RALPH HENRY SPEAR
Ralph Henry Spear passed away on March 22, 2013.
He was born on July 25, 1936 the son of Thelma (Taylor) and Alfred Spear, the second of five children and grew up in Parsons, Kan. In 1959 he married Marjean Basore of Wichita, KS and they raised their family in Parsons and Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Dad lived his life as an opportunity. He never let a chance go by to tell a loved one how he felt or missed a chance to spread the word of God. He was a devoted Christian, family and outdoors man, going hunting and fishing at any chance. He was an avid photographer and has used this hobby to capture his outdoor adventures and misadventures and his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. Dad took great pride in watching his grandchildren grow into accomplished adults. He loved to watch his son play his bass guitar and could frequently be seen at Deric’s band gigs. Dad raced stock cars and served his country in the Air Force Reserves.
Dad was a longtime member of the Parsons, Kansas Masonic Lodge, having been a prior Worshipful Master of that Lodge. He was able to see one of his grandsons follow his footsteps becoming a Master Mason in 2010.
Dad’s love of life took him on adventures that most will never get to experience. He worked for Boeing in the 1960’s on several projects, including the Gemni project; worked for the Kansas Army Ammunition plant in Parsons, and eventually owned his own business. His career as an engineer took him around the world to Spain, Germany and Pakistan. Dad never met a stranger and made friends wherever he went. He will be missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjean, his parents, and his older brother, DeWitt of North Carolina.
He is survived by his daughter, Tracey Casey (Lee), of Isle of Wight County, Virginia; his son, Deric Spear (Penny), of Blue Springs, five grandchildren; Joshua Casey (Hiliary), Meghan Casey, Kristyn Spear, Jordan Abbiatti, and Keaton Spear; his brothers, Daryl Spear (Sandy) and Gary Spear (Pat); sister, ErnaDee Rogers (Carl) and fiancé Roberta Jaggars.
Funeral services were held March 26 and graveside service will be March 27 at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Bently, Kan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ, 08540.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St, Lee’s Summit, MO, 64063, 816-524-3700.)