Sears, Kenneth LeRoy
Kenneth LeRoy Sears, 81, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at the La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Geneseo United Methodist Church with private family burial at the Spencer Cemetery, both rural Buckingham. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Overton Funeral Home in Dysart.
Kenneth was born Nov. 5, 1930, in Grinnell, Iowa, son of Homer and Mae Stahl Sears. He received his education in the Geneseo schools and graduated from Geneseo High School. On July 10, 1952, he was united in marriage to Eugenia Vanderheyden at the Geneseo United Methodist Church. He then entered the United States Army and served his country from 1952 to 1954. Following his discharge, he returned to the area to farm and farmed in the Traer and La Porte City areas. Following his retirement, he remained on the farm and enjoyed spending time in the timber and woodcarving, especially ducks and fish. After Eugenia’s death on June 17, 2010, he remained on the farm and more recently has been making his home at the La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center in La Porte City. He was a member of the Geneseo United Methodist Church and Dysart American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Ruth Sears Temple and husband Kenneth, and Lois Sears Danker and husband Bill; and two brothers, Donald and Edgar Sears.
He is survived by two daughters, Margaret (Kevin) Perrinjaquet of Edgewood, and Rhonda (Myron) Jack of Victor; and one son, Kevin Sears of White Rock, N.M.
He was a devoted grandfather to 11 grandchildren and four great-grandsons; one brother, Art (Beth) Sears of Hiawatha, Kan.; sisters, Rhoda (late Keith) Wilkinson of Fayette, Dorothy (late Dean) Elliott of Dysart, and Wilma (late Norman) Holub of Buckingham; sisters-in-law, Margaret (late Donald) Sears and Shirley (late Edgar) Sears, both of Grinnell; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or Geneseo United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.overtonservice.com.
Published in The Gazette Nov. 9, 2011.