Richard F. Sears died peacefully at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter Friday, March 26, 2010 following a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his 3 children; Rick Sears and wife Linda, Kirk Sears and wife Sylvia all from Wilmington and Lynda Stahl from Wayzata, Minnesota, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Dick was born on December 29, 1920, and lived most of his life in Indiana. A 1942 Purdue graduate and a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he married Meredith Gene Kirkpatrick, a Purdue alum in 1943. Together they lived a truly wonderful 40 years in raising a family until her death in 1984.
Dick served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then spent his entire professional career with General Motors in Anderson, Indiana before retiring in 1980. Other than his family, his passion was his beloved Purdue Boilermakers and the Boston Red Sox; he was an avid tennis and bridge player. Dick spent the last 10 years of his life here in Wilmington to be close to his sons and grandchildren.
Dick is remembered by his family as the most wonderful Father who sacrificed his own goals and aspirations for his children, his wife, and his family. We’ll miss him terribly.
The family will hold a private ceremony in Indiana in the near future.
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