EAST PEORIA – Roger J. Wear, 84, of East Peoria, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
He was born on November 30, 1937, in Colchester, Ill., to Roll and Lenore (Myers) Wear. He married Beverly (Guth) Sharum on December 19, 1984. She was the love of his life and together they shared 37 years of marriage.
Surviving is his wife, Beverly Wear of East Peoria; children, Greggory Wear of Peoria Heights, Emmy Wear of Williamsfield, Ill., Elly (Brian) Fennell of LaFayette, Ind., and Denis (Jessica) Weber Wear of of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; two grandsons, Austin and John Fennell of LaFayette, Ind.; one step-son, Robert (Julie) Sharum of Bartonville; three step-grandchildren, Dennis (Ashley) Sharum of Lorton, Va., Kelly Sharum of East Peoria, and Justin (Emilie) Sharum of Morton; seven step-great-grandchildren; and two half-sisters, Janis (Raymond) Hocker and Joy (Terry) Markey, both of Colchester, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister at birth, Regina Jill Wear.
Roger graduated from Colchester High School in 1955. He then served in the Navy from 1956 until 1960. He was employed by Hostess cake for four years and then Interstate Brands (Butternut Bread) for 26 years. He was a teamster #627 member.
Roger loved old cars, especially his 1940 Ford. He attended cruise-ins as much as he could.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Burial of cremated remains will take place at Roberts Cemetery in Morton following the service.
Memorials may be made to TAPS or Easter Seals.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements
To view Rogers’s online video tribute or to leave a condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.