Lowell L. Bear, of Hamilton, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, April 3, at StoryPoint Memory Care in Fairfield, Ohio, with his family at his side.
Lowell was born on May 24, 1944, to Lester J. (Ted) and Berniece (Casper) Bear of Marseilles, Ohio, both of whom predeceased him. Lowell is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley (Beamer) Bear and two children: Stephanie Sue Bear of Hamilton, Ohio, and Brian Wesley (Caroline) Bear, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Lowell is also survived by a brother, Robert F. (Rosella) Bear of Marseilles, Ohio, and by several nieces and nephews.
Lowell grew up on a farm near Marseilles, Ohio, attended Marseilles School, and graduated from Upper Sandusky High School in 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University.
An avid modeler even as a young boy Lowell designed, built, and flew model airplanes throughout his life. With his special interest in aircraft, upon graduation Lowell accepted an engineering position at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Evendale, Ohio, where he worked until retirement in 2006. While at GE, Lowell was an inventor with a patent to his name and received one of the early computer science awards. After retirement, he returned to GE to work as a pensioner.
Lowell was a longtime member of the Mason United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and was active for many years recording the services on cassette recorders, delivering fellowship and the tapes to shut-ins, and in later years operating the church’s more sophisticated sound system. He received the Reverend JJ Hill Leadership Award in 2008 for his services to the church.
Lowell was a lifetime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and enjoyed working with others at Habitat for Humanity, helping in the construction of many houses in the northern Cincinnati area. He continued to build and fly model airplanes and especially enjoyed flying radio-controlled model airplanes.
Lowell was an excellent handyman and inventor. He could design, build, repair, or improve nearly anything and taught his children many of those skills. He enjoyed spending time with family most of all.
A memorial service for Lowell will be held at 2:00 PM on April 30, 2022, at Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, and will be officiated by Rev. Jim Stauffer. Visitations will be held one hour prior to the memorial service.
Memorial contributions may be made to your local Hospice or to the Parkinson’s Foundation and can be sent to Lucas-Batton at 476 S. Sandusky Ave. Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.
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