Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2012, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Sherman Eastland, chaplain, Odyssey Hospice officiating. Military Rites by DAV Chapter 26. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Fred was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Caddo, Oklahoma to Jess James and Edna Matilda Turner Gear. At the age of one year, he came to the Amarillo area with his family. He attended local Amarillo schools, but like many teenagers in 1945, he did not graduate from Amarillo High School, enlisting at the age of 17, in the United States Navy during the later days of World War II. He remained in the Navy serving during the Korean Conflict and two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. One tour aboard ship and one tour in country. Fred retired from the Navy in 1974, with 24 years of active duty and 6 years of reserve duty to his credit. Fred returned to Amarillo to join his brother Joe Bailey Gear in the Gear Co. Realtors. This lasted only briefly, and Fred was offered and accepted the position of Head Jailor with the Amarillo Police Department. He retired 23 years later.
Fred married Dolores Raideen Green in 1950 after she graduated from N.W.T.H. School of Nursing. Born to the couple was: Lajuana Sue and Joe Clinton. Lajuana Sue and husband Gerald Francis Dooley of Amarillo have a son Harley Joseph Dooley married to Kathlynn Newman. They have two children Rachel Ann and Sean Patrick. Joe Clinton and wife Gayla Maurine Hooten of Muleshoe, Bailey Co., Texas, have two children, Twyla Maurine and Tyrel James. Twyla and her husband James Polasek of Ropesville, Hockley Co., Texas, have three children: Mikayla Ann, Lane Isaac and Kody James. Joe and Gayla’s son Tyrel James Gear married Courtney Jo Cravens living in Dallas, Texas.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers: James Edward, Paul Dale, Jess Jr., Joe Bailey, and Charles Ray ”Bo Jack”.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores, one sister, Emily Jean Gear Mansfield of Austin, Texas and the above-mentioned children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Gear family extends their heartfelt gratitude to those who cared for Fred during his last days and suggest memorials be to your favorite veterans organization.
The family will receive friends at The Clairmont, 4707 Bell St., Apt. 215, Friday after 2:00 p.m.