Bradley Ray Lear

March 29, 1931 – February 8, 2020

Bradley Ray Lear of Western Comfort Apartments, Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020, of a sudden medical illness.

The deceased requested no Funeral Services.

Brad was born March 29, 1931, at Springview, NE to Quentin and Bernadean (Riley) Lear.  He grew up on the family ranch.  He graduated from Springview High School.  He was Valedictorian in his class.  He married Shirley Lund on August 12, 1954, in Casetta, GA.

He earned his Doctorate of Education at the University of Nebraska and taught Education at the University of Huron, and the University of Sioux Falls.  Brad retired in the military.  He served during the Korean War.

Survivors include two children: Tim Lear, (special friend Dawn Bain), Sioux Falls, and Sue Lear, Redding CA.  He is also survived by his brother Delbert (Jan) Lear, Kearney, NE; his sister Bonnie (Pat) Murphy, NE; brother-in-law, Larry (Yvonne) Lund, Damascas, VA; his sister-in-law, Barb (James) Anstine, Walhalla, SC; his brother-in-law Rich (Dava) Lund, Sioux Falls; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins including Beverly Graber, Sioux Falls; and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Lund, his parents and grandparents.

Brad was friendly, outgoing, fun, had a great sense of humor, and loved life.  He was reflective and an avid reader as well.  He touched the lives of family and friends.  Brad will be missed by everyone who met him.

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  • Sharon Hofer Schrader says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Dr Lear when he taught at Huron Collage. He was .a dedicated educator and always had a smile on his face. Dr. Lear cared about his students and did his best to encourage us. I have wonderful memories of the time spent in his classes.

  • Brad was a wonderful brother-in-law. Always upbeat & cheerful, he was a person you enjoyed being around. Rest in peace Brad.

  • Jan Lear says:

    No words can explain how special Brad was. His encouragement when I was finishing my dissertation meant so much. He was an inspiration when I taught at UNK. Rest in peace.

  • Jan Lear says:

    Brad was an inspiration for me while working on my PhD dissertation. He offered encouragement on a regular basis and always checked in to see how I was coming. I gave him a paper copy of it after it was approved. I will never forget his support and love. Don and I send hugs to you. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Cathy Luebeck Engen says:

    Dr Lear was one of my favorite professors while I was a student at Sioux Falls College. A very kind, humble and caring person, he always put his students first and had such a love of learning. A true gentle man, he will be missed!

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