Paul Lee Fear, 71, of Hartsville, passed away at Methodist Hospital Tuesday July 23, 2013.
He was born Dec. 30, 1941 in Decatur County. He was the son of Barrett W. and Leila M. Ammerman Fear. He married Betty A. Grover May 28, 1965 in Groton, Mass.
He then married Evelyn Downey Dunn Oct. 23, 1987 at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Jennings County and she survives.
Paul was a 1959 graduate of Columbus High School. He attended Purdue University for agricultural studies for a year before enlisting in the Army.
He served in the Army from February, 1963 to February, 1966.
He did basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri before being stationed at Ft. Devens in Ayers, Mass. While in the Army he received an achievement certificate for developing a computer program that saved the army a great deal of money.
He returned to Indiana in the fall of 1967 to become a full time farmer. In his agricultural career, he also worked for Thompson Farms, his father, Kova and Wilson Pioneer Seeds.
Paul was an active member of Bear Creek Baptist Church. He had served as trustee and assistant superintendent. He had previously served on the Decatur County Tractor Pull Association. He loved farming and was a John Deere tractor collector.
The funeral will be Friday at noon at Bear Creek Baptist Church with Pastors Wes Jones and Della Hamilton officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, at Norman Funeral Home in Hope and on Friday from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.
Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be donated to Norman Funeral Home to help the family with Paul’s funeral expenses or to Bear Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife; children, Donna (Shawn) Bentz of Waldron, David Fear and Pamela (Scott) Barkes of Columbus, Cheryl (Charles) Mead and Mark (Jessica) Fear of Columbus, Victoria (Chris) Campfield and Erin Dunn of Hartsville and Erica (Greg) Moore of North Vernon; grandchildren Jackson Bentz of Waldron, Michael Taylor, Patrick Barkes and Laura Barkes of Columbus, Samson Mead, Shilo Mead, Kendyll Robins, Christopher Fear, Jacob Fear and Kristina Fear all of Elizabethtown; Quinton Houshour, Derrex Whittis, Elizabeth Campfield
and Johnathon Campfield all of Hartsville, Jasmine Moore and Christian Moore of North Vernon and a brother Ned E. Fear of Hartsville.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Mary Ann Fear.
Online condolences may be sent to the Fear family at http://www.normanfuneralhome.net/.