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Rev Dennis Edward Spear
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Birth: Feb. 10, 1924
Dallas County
Missouri, USA
Death: May 4, 2011


Dennis Edward Spear, was born February 10, 1924, in his family's home near Louisburg, MO. He was the son of Joe and Nora (Harris) Spear. He departed this life at 5:55 AM, Friday, May 4, 2001 at the age of 77 years, 2 months, and 24 days. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy, his five children; Denise Jessen and her husband Don, Neosho, MO; Diane Clark and her husband Norm, Alamosa, CO; Donna Gaynor and her husband Gaylord, Pleasant Hope, MO; Doyle Spear and his wife Ronda, Halfway, MO; and Denelle Spear, Halfway, MO. Eight Grandchildren, Jeff Jessen, Christine Regan, and her husband Tony, Sarah Rovenstine and her husband Chuck, Holly Jessen, Steven Gaynor, Melinda Jones and her husband Casey, Michael Spear and Morgan Spear. Also three great grandchildren, Justin and Jarrett Rovenstine, and Cassidy Opal Regan. Other survivors include his two brothers, Marion and Joe, and two sisters, Merlee Parker and Wanda Fastle, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Dennis graduated from Emma D. High School at Goodson, and later joined the United States Navy during World War II and served in the South Pacific. Dennis was saved at Lindley Creek Church when he was a boy between the age of 12 and 13. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church at the time of his death. He was ordained by Lindley Creek in 1957 and pastored churches in Polk, Dallas, Jasper and Hickory counties for over 40 years. He held numerous revivals and drove many, many miles preaching the gospel and serving God. Dennis and Dorothy were married September 21, 1947, at their home near Louisburg. They made their home there until 1956 when they moved north of Halfway, where he resided until his death. Dennis loved farming and always worked hard at whatever he did, whether it was farming or serving God. He was always willing to help a neighbor or anyone else in need, and he made friends everywhere he went. He loved his family very much, and truly enjoyed the time they spent together. He will be sadly missed and often remembered by his family and friends. Funeral services for Dennis E. Spear were held on Sunday, May 6, 2001 at 2:00 PM in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doyle Mayfield and Bro. Joe Sprague officiating. Musical soloist was David Barham, with Janice Barham as the Pianist. Gene Agee was the Songleader. Burial was in the Ragsdale Cemetery northeast of Halfway under the direction of the Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar. Casketbearers were: Jeff Jessen, Tony Regan, Chuck Rovenstine, Steven Gaynor, Casey Jones, and Michael Spear. Memorial contributions may be give to the American Cancer Society or the Community Hospices of America-Southwest Missouri. Donations may be sent to Butler Funeral Home, P.O. Box 11-Bolivar, MO 65613 A00008B2001MY09 
Ragsdale Cemetery
Polk County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Jan Breshears Thomas
Record added: May 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70192250
Rev Dennis Edward Spear
Added by: Jan Breshears Thomas
Rev Dennis Edward Spear
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