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Gerard K. Schear

March 3, 1920 - August 5, 2014
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Gerard K. Schear, 94, passed away August 5, 2014 at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood. Mr. Schear was born in Elizabeth, he was employed in the Panama Canal Zone for 29 years with the federal government, before moving to Lakewood in 1975 following his retirement from the Panama Canal Company. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and retired as a Master Sergeant in the Air Force Reserve in 1980. His Army service was with the 99th Field Artillery Battalion, a Mule Pack Artillery Unit, which took him from Fort Bragg, NC to Camp Carson and Camp Hole, CO. In February 1943, this unit became a part of the 1st Cavalry...
Gerard K. Schear, 94, passed away August 5, 2014 at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood. Mr. Schear was born in Elizabeth, he was employed in the Panama Canal Zone for 29 years with the federal government, before moving to Lakewood in 1975 following his retirement from the Panama Canal Company. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and retired as a Master Sergeant in the Air Force Reserve in 1980. His Army service was with the 99th Field Artillery Battalion, a Mule Pack Artillery Unit, which took him from Fort Bragg, NC to Camp Carson and Camp Hole, CO. In February 1943, this unit became a part of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Bliss, TX. In July 1943, the division went overseas, serving in Australia; New Guinea; the Admiralty Islands; Leyte and Lozon, Philippine Islands and Tokyo, Japan, where it became part of the Army of Occupation. He was released from the Army in November 1945 as a Warrant Officer. Civilian Life proved to be unappealing so he re-enlisted in June 1946, this time in the Army Air Corps as a technical sergeant. He was assigned to duty in the Panama Canal Zone. Here, life was much more pleasant and at the end of his enlistment, he switched over to the US Air Force Reserve and went to work for the Canal Zone Postal Service as a Postal Trainee, after nine years in the post office, he transferred to the Panama Canal Company Administrative Services Division and remained there until reaching retirement age in 1975. His retirement from the Air Force Reserve took place in 1980 with the final grade of Master Sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 166, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, AARP, Air Force Sergeants Association and a communicant of the St. Mary of the Lake Church in Lakewood. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend and will be greatly missed by all. Mr. Schear is predeceased by his three brothers, Joseph, Thomas and Robert. Gerard is survived by his former spouse Kanoko M., two sons Frank and his wife Stacey and John and his wife Carolyn, granddaughters, Courtney and Corinne, sister-in-law, Pauline Schear and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday, August 8, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the D'Elia Funeral Home Rt. 70 & Vermont Ave. Lakewood, NJ 08701. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12 Noon at the St. Mary of the Lake Church in Lakewood. Cremation will be private.

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