Rex Sears, age 95, of Shelbyville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Major Hospital in Shelbyville. He was born Oct. 15, 1915, in Martin Co., Ind., to Dale E. Sears and Zada (Baker) Sears.
His teen years were spent in Odon, Ind., and he lived the last 37 years in New Palestine. Rex graduated from Odon High School and attended Purdue University. He was employed as Director of Data Processing with the US Army Finance Center/Fort Benjamin Harrison for 26 years. He retired in Dec. 1977, as a civilian GS14. He also worked for Texas Oil Co., Texaco, for five years, and Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative for nine years. He was a member of the Philadelphia United Methodist Church for more than 48 years where he held various positions and served at other churches as a certified lay speaker. He was on the Light House Mission Board for many years. Rex was an animal lover and he strongly believed wild and stray animals must be fed which he did every day.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie H. (Brown) Sears of Shelbyville, Ind.; daughter, Carol Sue Sears Inman of Shelbyville; three grandchildren, Rebecca Sue DeFeo, Rex Lee Inman, and Sarah Jane Inman; eight great grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren. He was also blessed with a foster daughter, Charlene (Hare) Smith; and good friend, Bob Sawyer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Don Sears; and one great-great grandchild, Salem Simmons.
A Celebration of life service will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Philadelphia United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Reder officiating. Burial will be at Philadelphia Cemetery, there will be no graveside service.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Hancock Food Pantry, Greenfield, Ind. or Hope House of Indianapolis, Ind.