Bernard D. Gear, 78, Plover, formerly of Hancock, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at his residence.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hancock United Church of Christ with the Rev. Diane Fite officiating. Burial will be in the Hancock Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Wednesday at the church until the services.
A memorial has been established.
The Leikness Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Gear was born May 10, 1921, in Port Edwards, a son of the late Delbert and Alberta (Lane) Gear.
He was married to Esther Wrasse on Oct. 30, 1947, in Almond.
He served in the U.S. Army following World War II.
He worked at Nekoosa-Port Edwards Paper Co. for a number of years. He and his wife operated the former Hancock Nursing Home for seven years. He was employed as lead man for the Larsen Canning Co. and retired from the American Potato Co. in Plover.
He was Hancock Lions Club, Hancock Volunteer Fire Department and the Rogers-Oestreich American Legion Post 343 of Hancock/Coloma.
Survivors included his wife; two sons, Lyle (Amanda), Plainfield, and Robert, Hancock; four daughters, DeEtt (Dennis) Mann, Cumming, Ga., Bernadette (Bill) Froehlich, Neenah, Nancy Gear, Wisconsin Rapids, and Judy (Terry) Taft, Necedah; one brother, George (Bonnie), Wisconsin Rapids; and 11 grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three sons, Raymond O., Carl I. and Joseph A.; and one brother, Richard.