Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
Fred Mears Jr., 80, of Mabton went to be with our Lord on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Yakima Regional after dealing with heart and cancer issues for many years.
He was born in Yellville, Ark. His family moved to the Mabton area when he was a barefoot boy. One of six siblings, his family had a small farm near Giffins Corner.
He graduated from Grandview High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He married Nancy Baird in 1955. They had two sons Kevin and Colin (Cindy) Mears, a grandson, Joshua (Christy) Mears, a beloved friend Dolores Recio, and his family. He farmed nearly 1,000 acres on the Satus for 56 years before retiring.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Kevin Mears and Colin (Cindy) Mears; two sisters, Dottie (Raymond) Clark of Grandview and Mary (Walt) Heinle of Salem, Ore.; one brother, Jim (Pat) Mears of Grandview; one grandson, Joshua (Christy) Mears; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fred and Lillian Mears; and sisters, Guyla (Bryce) Grow of Mabton and Bonnie Cox (Harold) of Pasco.
Special thank you to Dr. Abner Preacher. He was Fred's doctor when Fred was 45 years old, and did open heart surgery for him, and has been his doctor and friend since then. Under the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dr. Preacher has cared for Fred since 1968, through five defibrillators, cancer and other surgeries, and he cared and loved Fred through these last days of his life. Thank you dear one, (Dr. Preacher).
God's Farmer (FRED MEARS JR. June 2, 1932 to April 14, 2013)
Listen…Can you hear the sound of wings? God's angels have taken him
To where the angels sing. He was waiting for the rapture, But his body could not wait.
There was a place at the table, Behind heaven's gate. God, family, fields.
That was his choice. He addressed them all, With a calm, clear voice.
He loved the outdoors, And he loved to make things grow.
He was a kind and loving man, As I am sure you all know.
I know God has a place, In His fields on high. Where he can wait for us
And the rapture, by and by. For those he has left behind
Take heart in your grieving. He's where he wants to be
Be not saddened by his leaving.
(author, Starla Baird Stiner-Freds beloved sister-in-law).
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be given to the Grace Brethren Church in Mabton.
Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to sign Fred's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.