Roger K. Stear, 85, passed away peacefully with his loving wife and children by his side, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Gothenburg Health.

Roger was born on Aug. 22, 1933, in Cozad, to Lawrence and Francis (Kerr) Stear. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Cozad High School in 1951.

Roger joined the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956 proudly serving his country during the Korean War.

Roger married Joan Thomason on June 6, 1955 in Cozad. He was a loving father to Shane, Susan and Jeffrey, a proud grandfather of Andrew, Treasure, Ashleigh, Alex and Mercedes, and great grandfather of Kinsley Drew.

Roger had a true passion for farming and raising his hogs; starting on the family farm and continuing in Eastern Wyoming in 1969. He truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting and spending quality time with family and friends.

Roger was a spiritual man and was involved in many church activities with the Lyman and Scottsbluff Nebraska Methodist Churches.

Roger and Joan retired and moved back to Gothenburg in June 2016.

Roger is survived by his wife, Joan, of Gothenburg; a son, Shane (Laurie) of St. Louis, Missouri; a daughter, Susan (Keith) Maddox, of Fort Worth, Texas. Grandchildren, Ashleigh and Alex Stear, and Treasure and Mercedes Maddox; great granddaughter Kinsley Drew Benoist; a brother, Ron (Karen) Stear of Cozad; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey, and grandson, Andrew Stear, in addition to his parents, sisters Sharon (Bowen) and Shirley (Paulsen), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and several nephews.

Per Roger’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will not be a memorial service. A celebration of life will be held with family and friends at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gothenburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Gothenburg Hospital Foundation, Gothenburg Senior Center or a charity of choice.

He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him.