In Memory of

Howard William Shear

September 19, 1951 - September 11, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Howard William Shear was born September 19, 1951, the son of Randall W. and Harriett (Smith) Shear. He grew up near Akron, Iowa. Following high school, Howard went into the service, serving overseas as an Army Diesel Mechanic.

He was united in marriage to Debra Boettger on November 7, 1973. He graduated from WIT with a degree in Commercial and Hospital Maintenance. He worked for 20 years at the Mental Health Institute in Cherokee, Iowa as a Power Plant Engineer.  After then driving truck for many years, he returned to work as a Power Plant Engineer, this time at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. He retired in 2010.

Howard loved spending time outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting or gardening. His favorite hobby was working with his irises on his acreage. He and Deb enjoyed taking drives and exploring the countryside.

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Howard passed away at Mercy One Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, just a few days before his 68th birthday. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Judy VanDenBerg and Janice Terrill, a brother, Harold (Butch) Shear, and a nephew, Jon Marshall.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Deb, along with their children: Sheila (Garret) Reeves, Randall (Lauren) Shear, and Danielle (Shane) Clausen; grandchildren: Samantha (Chris) Gill, Summer Reeves, Sarah (Noah) Decious, Shelby Reeves, Sydney Reeves, Amber Feeney, Chloe Shear, Kaden Shear, Kasha Shear, Katharine  Claussen, and Megan Claussen; great-grandchildren: Kai’lia Reynolds and another soon-to-be great granddaughter; siblings, Jeanne (Vince) Morrow, Julie Marshall, Henry (Pat) Shear and Joyce Cihal; many other relatives and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 16, 2019, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Garret Reeves
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Oak Hill Cemtery
Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“I was really sorry to hear about your losing Howard,I have many good memories of hunting and fishing together and family get togethers. I still miss those and seeing are all thoughts and prayers.I love and miss you all.”
- Reed Marshall
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. I am so sorry for your loss.”
- Brian and Melanie Gottsche & family
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“It is a great loss and He will be missed. Cherish the memories close to your heart and He will always be with you!!”
- Gerald & Carmela Reeves
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one! May you find peace and comfort in your time of need! ”
- Richard and Shellice Daly
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“Kasha, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Grandfather. Please take care of yourself.”
- Mary Morris
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“Thoughts and hugs to you all.
I will always have found memories of Howard. ”
- Matthew Herwig
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 10:14 AM
“Iā€™m sorry to hear for your loss.He will be missed ”
- Melissa Enerly
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 10:14 AM
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- Amy Strahmann Booher
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 10:14 AM
“Deb and family, so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. my thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Deanna Mulder
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 3:17 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Jeff and Diane Thomas
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