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Homer W. Lear

Homer W. Lear, a Master Mason, was born August 12, 1920 in Oil Hill, Kansas. After attending two years of college, he was accepted in the Aviation Cadet Program (41F) and received his commission and pilot rating at Kelly Field, Texas on August 15, 1941. Two years in the training command plus time in the B-17 and B-29 qualified him as an aircraft commander in the 19th Bomb Group on Guam. After WWII, Col Lear spent the next 23 Years in Strategic Air Command and the Pentagon. Assignments included Smokey Hill (16-49 B29), Biggs (50-51 KB29P), Pentagon (Air Staff – Operations 51-54), Maxwell (54-55 Command and Staff), Ramey (56-58 B36), Columbus, MS (59-60 KC135), Wurtsmith (60-63 B52H), Barksdale (64-64 2nd AF HDQ), Pentagon (65-68 OSD – DINS).

He retired November 1968 as Colonel in the Regular Air Force. Col Lear had to memorable experiences – personal escort for Charles A. Lindbergh as he visited SAC Bases discussing crew training and signing his “Short Snorter” dollar bill, and activating the first “boom type” air-to-air refueling until (KB29P) and Biggs, AFB, TX (1949). After retiring, Col Lear spend 19 years with the Weyerhaeuser Company (forest products) as an executive in that paperboard packaging division and later with the International Executive Service Corps where he was involved in three projects in the Dominican Republic, Philippines, and Lebanon. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Griggs of Eldorado, KS on April 6, 1942 while a flight instructor at Randolph Field. In his retirement years, Col Lear served as Texas Silver Haired Legislature Speaker Emeritus and chair of the State Affairs Committee. He was appointed to the 1995 and 2005 White House Conference on Aging and elected to the first National Silver-Haired Congress in 1995 and elected four times as chair, Board of Directors. He helped establish voting precinct in Bexar County for seniors and people with disabilities.

He co-authored the 12th TSHL Resolution 33 to request creation of the Legislative Committee on Aging. In addition, he served as Bexar County Election Judge for Precinct 1081; a member of the Board of Directors of Air Force Villages; and was an active member of the local Rotary Club. Col Lear was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Jane; He is survived by their son, Steven and wife, Catherine; daughter, Rebecca and husband, John; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

MEMORIAL SERVICEWAS HELD

THURSDAY

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

10:00 A.M.

AIR FORCE VILLAGE II

MAIN DINING ROOM

5100 JOHN D. RYAN BLVD

SAN ANTONIO, TX 78245

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the AFVII Health Care Center of Hospice Care of Heroes (please make checks payable to Air Force Village Charitable Foundation or AFVCF).

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