Archibald James Lear, Jr. (Jim) passed away peacefully in his home on March 16, 2007.
Jim was born November 2nd, 1930 in Wichita, Kansas to Archibald J. and Thelma (Cease) Lear.
The family moved to Oklahoma, living in Cherokee, Clinton, Chickasha, and finally settling in Anadarko around 1942.
During his school years in Anadarko, Jim was very involved in the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
He graduated from Anadarko High School in 1948.
Jim proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean Conflict.
After his military service, Jim went on to attend Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College, graduating in 1959.
While attending PAMC, Jim worked at Langston Buick in Guymon and continued to do so after graduation.
On July 24th, 1960, Jim married Sharon Lyn (Thompson) Lear. That same year, Jim and Sharon bought the local Culligan dealership, serving Guymon and the surrounding area.
In 1971, Jim and Sharon opened Tri State Camper Sales, a recreational vehicle dealership that they operated for 10 years.
In 1981, Jim went to work for the State of Oklahoma Tax Commission where he worked until his retirement in 2000.
Upon retirement, Jim realized a lifelong desire when he and Sharon loaded up their travel trailer and went on a two-month excursion to Alaska. Upon returning, Jim then renewed his interest in flying radio-controlled airplanes and became very involved in the Guymon Flying Tigers.
He was a member of the First Christian Church.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jane Headley.
Jim is survived by his wife Sharon of the home and three sons, James Grady Lear, and wife Lenna of Perryton, Texas, Wayne Scot Lear of Oklahoma City, and Thomas Alan Lear and wife Susie of Oklahoma City.
Jim is also survived by his sister, Mary Logsdon of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren, Tasheena Lyn Dillingham and husband Sheldon, Melissa Dawn Lear, Jamie Marie Lear, Jordan Lyn Lear, and Ashlee Jada Lear, as well as one great-grandchild, Sierra Lyn Dillingham.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 at the First Christian Church in Guymon, Oklahoma with Rev. Terry Neel, pastor, officiating. Military rites will follow at Elmhurst Cemetery under the direction of Henson-Novak Funeral Directors of Guymon.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First Christian Church, c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1306, Guymon, OK 73942.
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