On April 7, 1931,FLOYD "DEAN" KEAR was born in Guymon in the residence at 210 N. Roosevelt where he would spend most of his growing years. His parents were Beulah Rebecca Shields Kear and Floyd Reed Kear.
He attended Guymon Schools from 1st to 12th grades, graduating with the class of 1949. He was involved in school activities: football, baseball, track, and basketball. His family spent a brief time traveling to build defense plants for WWII. It was then that he learned the life-long carpentry skills from his father.
In 1951 he married his long-time sweetie, Joan Bradshaw. On February 7, 2020, they celebrated 69 years of marriage! They had 3 children and supported them in their school activities. He believed in education: he earned a Bachelor's degree from PAMC in Goodwell, a Vocational degree from OSU, an Administrator's certificate from Fort Hays State University, Kansas, and a Master's degree from OSU.
In 1986 he retired from Guymon Public Schools. During his tenure at Guymon Schools he was a classroom teacher, vocational carpentry teacher, assistant high school principal, and supervisor of buildings and grounds. One of his greatest accomplishments was the houses and school buildings constructed by his carpentry boys!
He was a lifetime member of the Methodist church. He and Joan were the first couple married at VMUMC. He was an active member of the Methodist Men, Lions Club, Historical Society, 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Shriner's Club, and was inducted into the OPSU Hall of Fame in 1993.
Dean leaves behind his loving wife, daughters Joy Hinchey and husband Chris of Guymon, Dee Ann Nordean and husband Charles of Guthrie, and son Brad and wife Rita of San Dimas, CA. He was very proud of his nine "grands": Brian Curtis, Meg Weibling, Jamie Lathrop, Kelli Johnston, Kelsie McKenzie, Lesley Wempe, Paige Schmiedeberg, Casey Kear, and Zak Kear. He also loved his 14 "great grands"! Donna Mae Kear Andrews of Oklahoma City is a surviving sister. FOR WHAT MORE CAN A MAN ASK?
Memorials may be sent to VMUMC Men or Guymon High School Industrial Technology/Woods. A private family burial will be held on Tuesday, March 24th. Visitation will be Held from 12:00 noon till 6:00 P.M. at Henson-Novak Funeral Home on Monday, March 23. "Out of love and safety for the health of our family and friends, the Kear family will save our visitation, hugs, and personal greetings for you when a Celebration of Life is held in the future. Thank you for your prayers."
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