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Fred Bear
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Birth: Mar. 5, 1902
Waynesboro
Franklin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 27, 1988
Gainesville
Alachua County
Florida, USA

Noted sportsman, archer, inventor, founder of Bear Archery Company and the Fred Bear Sports Club. He grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. Later in life, he moved to Detroit to explore the automotive industry, becoming familiar with a new product called fiberglass. He would later invent the first fiberglass-laminated bow, revolutionizing archery forever. He learned how to make his own bows and arrows from Art Young (of Pope and Young fame). During the height of the depression, Fred and his partner Charles Piper started the Bear Archery Company with $600.00 in Grayling, Michigan. Over the years, he hunted worldwide and harvested many world-class animals, which still rank high in the record books today. Among Fred's many innovations are fiberglass laminated bow limbs, take down recurve bow systems, the bow quiver, broad heads with inserts, the archery glove, and fiberglass springs for Corvette automobiles. Until his death, Fred remained active in designing archery products. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Henrietta Oleson Bear (1900 - 1997)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered on the banks of the Au Sable river near Grayling, Michigan.
 
Created by: Allen Bailey: Dodge City...
Record added: Oct 24, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12150176
Fred Bear
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It was you exposing me to bowhunting with your movies and magazine articles when I was a kid that got and kept me bowhunting for 45 years. Thank you Mr. Bear. Rest In Peace.
- Frank Ciletti
 Added: Sep. 24, 2014

- Dorothy
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014
You are missed Fred. But you spirit is still alive.
- Rory Means
 Added: Jan. 22, 2013
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