Roland Eugene "Gene" Fear (80) of Toledo


Published on March 7 2013 10:28 am

Roland Eugene "Gene" Fear, 80, of Toledo, Illinois passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:45 a.m. at Cumberland Rehab & Health Care Center, Greenup.

Gene was born in Jasper County, Illinois, on December 16, 1932, the son of Everett W. and E. Helen ( Dow ) Fear. Gene began his career in the United States Air Force on August  15, 1951, deployed to duty in the Korean Conflict. He ended his duty to his Country in 1972, after he was deployed  to Viet Nam. During his service he was awarded many distinguished service metals. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Gene went to work selling cars. During the next eleven years, he worked for the Dan Hecht Chevrolet, Springer Chevrolet, Mitchell Chevrolet, retiring again in 1983. Gene was a fifty year member and Past Master of the Toledo Masonic Lodge, a fifty year member and Past Worthy Patron of the Toledo Eastern Star, and a member of the Gulf Port Shriners club of Golf Port, MS, a member of the Toledo American Legion Post # 764. Gene was also a member of the First Apostolic Church in Toledo and The Buck Grove Community Church. 

Gene leaves his wife of fifty-nine years, Barbara Fear of Toledo, IL; one son, Steven Fear and wife Valerie of Gila, IL; one daughter, Michelle Greeson and husband Kent of Toledo, IL; one brother, Billy Fear of Neoga, IL; one sister, Kathryn Owens and husband Hollis of Gautier, MS; six grandchildren, Brandi O’Dell and husband Scott of Neoga, IL, Emmy Lou Iffertt and husband Darren, Joshua McBride and wife Scarlett, Stevie Finn and husband Phillip, Paige Huber and husband Mark, Everett Fear and wife Jenny ; one step-grandson, Kyle Greeson; ten great grandchildren, Dillon Howard, Jake and Ivy Iffertt, Dakota, Hallie and Ross McBride, Ava and Caden Finn, Mack and Hank Huber and one more Fear expected in July.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Barbara June Russell, one half-brother, Harold Fear.

Gene loved to travel and visited every state in the Union, except Alaska. He and his family traveled to many countries while stationed overseas with the U.S.A.F. He loved to watch and feed the birds, and he truly enjoyed hunting and owning and showing antique cars.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 11, 2013, in the Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, IL, with the Rev. Jack Jenkins and the Rev. David Stovall both of Toledo, officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, March 10, 2013, in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery of Neoga, with Military Services conducted by the Cumberland County Veterans.   

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