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James L. Lear

LEAR, James L., “Jimmy”, 74, of Richland Twp, died March 30, 2020, at Windber Regional Hospice.  Born November 30, 1945, in Johnstown, PA.  Son of the late Clarence L. and Gladys P. (Adams) Lear; also preceded in death by brother-in-law William D. Buell.  Survived by wife of 45 years, Karen G. (Buell) Lear; and son Sean J. Lear; brother-in-law of Robert B. Buell and Deanna B. (Braga) Buell; also, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  A 1963 graduate of Johnstown High School, and University of Pittsburgh Technical Institute; U.S. Navy Veteran, Petty Officer 2nd Class, USS Essex (CVS-9); employed by Executone Communications as a Telecommunications Technician; member of Bethany United Methodist Church; senior member of DeMolay International-Johnstown Chapter; former member of the Greater Johnstown Chamber Jaycees; founding committee Chairperson of the Richland Twp. Recreation Commission; former Audio Director Cambria County Junior Miss Pageant; National Park Service V.I.P. volunteer at the Johnstown Flood Memorial Site; member of The American Legion, Richland Post No. 849; Secretary of the Richland Twp. Planning Commission; Secretary of Men’s Nite Out Dinner Group; member of Johnstown Seafood Club; member of TCA-Fort Pitt Division; Life Member of the Johnstown Elks Lodge No. 175; and former member of East Hills Kiwanis Club of Johnstown.  Jim was a history buff and acquired a vast knowledge of facts concerning the Johnstown Flood of 1889 and the Civil War.  There was not a landmark or former landmark which he could not identify.  He was a very civic minded person with visions of improvement for the city, Richland Twp, and the area.  Jim liked meeting with friends at Panera Bread, Valley Dairy, Perkins, and the Corner Coffee Shoppe.  Many trips were enjoyed to Cape May, Bethany Beach, Myrtle Beach, and several island resorts.  He was a great cook, gardener, and landscaper.  Scorekeeper extraordinaire for DWTS and a great knowledge of trivia. A private viewing and funeral service will be held at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Pastor Adam Dotts, officiating. Entombment with private military rites by Conemaugh Valley Detachment, Marine Corps League at Richland Cemetery Mausoleum. A public memorial gathering will be announced at a later date. “The angels have come to greet you and take you to Paradise…Rest in Peace in the arms of God” (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)     

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Karen and Sean. We are missing Jim already, but take great solace in the fond memories we all shared with him. Peace and comfort be with you and your family at this most difficult time.

Dave & Elaine Peterson Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear of Mr. Lear's passing. I only met him once at last year's Two Rivers ARC Field Day in late June.
He was avidly observing his son Sean and friend Curt enjoy operating one of the radios at Field Day. My condolence's to the Lear family, and friends. Especially to his wife Karen and son Sean.
Chuck Gessner W3ON

Charles Gessner W3ON Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, God Bless the family. Rest In Peace Jim

Chuck and Deb Yingling Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Jim was a soft spoken, warm hearted man who we are fortunate to have known for 35 years. We have fond memories of times spent together during vacations, dining out, etc. going back to when our kids were growing up. Loved his history stories. Much love and prayers to Karen and Sean.

Bib and Sandi Waklace Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to family and friends at this time from the Tim Koshute family.

Timothy Koshute Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Lear

Ron and Jerrie Wagner Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

We were so very sorry to hear this. Tim and I had many interesting discussions with Jim at the Elks. Praying for peach for him and for all of you!

Eve McCann Koshute Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Karen and Shawn,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Jim was a very special man. I loved walking by your house to see him puttering around and constantly making improvements/additions! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Beth (Huber) Mahood Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Karen and Sean, So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I just saw him at voting in November Always thought of him as a great guy. He will be missed. Love and God be with you both.

Ellen Stultz Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Such a surprise. Saw him a few months ago and thought he looked well for our age, never knew he had been ill recently. Joyce and I express our most sincere sympathy to you at this time of loss, I know how close you and Jim were... Sorry that the funeral homes are closed during this strange time, the line would have been out the door...

Barry & Joyce Gallagher Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

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