Roger Greear

Roger Greear

URBANA – Roger Dean Greear, 79, of Urbana passed away at 7 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 15, 2013) at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Edgewood Cemetery in Edgewood. Pastor Barry West will officiate both the funeral and the graveside service. Military rites will be accorded by the Edgewood American Legion.

Mr. Greear was born Dec. 15, 1933, in Edgewood to parents William R. and Iva (Sapp) Greear. He married Rose Juanita Doublin on Nov. 11, 1961, in Urbana. She preceded him in death Jan. 1, 2011.

Survivors include daughter, Patricia Zara (Vincent) of Urbana; sons, William Thomas (Sylvia) of Urbana and Billy Joe Taylor of Springfield; brothers, Donald Greear (Barbara) of Alabama, Patrick Greear of Edgewood, Texas Greear (Sharon) of Urbana, seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lee S. Greear, Avon "Joe" Greear, Dale Greear and Larry Greear; and sisters, Yvonne White, Goldie Webster and Avis Greear.

Roger proudly served his country in the United States Army. He retired as a painter and drywall finisher after working for Creative Builders, C.A. Petry and Sons and Carter Construction Services. He was a member of Sidney Christian Church, I.U.P.A.T. Industry Painters Local 363 Union, Champaign, and the Urbana American Legion.

Roger was a kind man who loved his family and friends dearly. He enjoyed frequenting Menard's and working on building projects, but most of all, he loved worshipping at his church and loved the Lord with all his heart.

Memorial contributions may be made in Roger's honor to the Sidney Christian Church Youth Fund. Condolences may be offered online at

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