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Harold Sears

Harold G.Sears, age 85, of Farmersville, OH, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Otterbein Retirement Home in Lebanon, OH.  Born in the place where he held the fondest memories in Farmersville, OH on the Sears Farm to James A. and Mary A. Sears (Smith).  Harold always had a great sense of humor with a joke or two to tell, he loved making others laugh.  He enjoyed participating in the Farmersville PTO Ministerial as an “end man”.  Harold was a Volunteer Fireman for the Farmersville Fire Dept. from 1947 until 1961.  He served his country in the Navy Reserve.  He was a member of the Farmersville United Methodist Church. His working years were spent as an office manager at two car dealerships, starting with Smith Chevrolet in Farmersville, OH and ending at Howe Motors in Middletown, OH.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 4 brothers Melvin, Norris, Donald, and Hugh Thomas Sears, and 2 sisters Alice Cordes and Juanita Focht.  In November 2012 he lost the love of his life, Dortha (Kurtz) whom he was married to for 63 years, may he now rest in peace with her.  Harold took great pride in his family who survive him, daughter and son-in-law Judy and Dave Strong of Venice, FL, and son and daughter-in-law Chris and Joni Sears of Germantown, OH.  His four grandsons, Jason (Rachel) and Josh (Candice) Sears, Ryan (Regina) and Todd Hynes; great grandchildren, Anna, Cade, and Dawson Sears, Mariah and Emily Hynes.  Sister-in-laws, Irene Sears of Farmersville, Sue (Ted) Behr of Dayton, and Joan Ward of Brookville; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.  Funeral services will be at 10:00am Saturday, November 22, 2014 at  Arpp & Root Funeral Home, 29 N. Main St, Germantown OH  45327 with Pastor Patti Matthews Officiating.  Interment immediately following at Preble Memory Gardens.  The family will received friends from 6-8pm on Friday November 21 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Farmersville United Methodist Church.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.arpprootfh.com

Charitable donations may be made to:

Farmersville United Methodist Church
110 W. Center St. Farmersville, OH 45325,

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Harold sat at the same dining room table at Otterbein as my dad, Harry Lander.Dad and he used to play football with the pill cups while waiting for dinner :)After my mother died at Otterbein on October 9, Harold offered a loving handshake and his deep compassion for my Dad.Your father was so pleasant whenever I talked to him and always said to me, "God bless,"when we finished our conversations.

Karen (Lander) Sollberger Jan 2 2015 12:00 AM

Enjoyed my talks with Shorty when he lived on Candlewood Ct., fine man, fine family!

David Baker Nov 25 2014 12:00 AM

To Chris & Family, So sorry to hear about Harold, our deepest sympathies. He was a great guy who will be missed. His smile & jokes always brightened someones day. Love to the Sears Family!

Greg & Melanie Kovach Nov 24 2014 12:00 AM

From our family to yours we send our deepest condolence . Harold and Dotty made our time with them at Germantown park memorable. We had wonderful times and lots of laughter. He was a right had man to me and will be missed. May God Bless all. Cathy and Dorothy.

cathy salguero/ Dorothy Walters Nov 20 2014 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sears Family. R.I.P Harold G. Sears.

Dan Wilbur Nov 20 2014 12:00 AM

We would like to offer our condolence Harold Sears(Shorty) He was a very likable person. We always enjoyed his company, and humorous personality. We were well acquainted with him and his family. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

John and Vivian Lofty Nov 18 2014 12:00 AM