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Donald Wilke Greear
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Birth: Jan. 22, 1918
Andover
Day County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 2003
Gustine
Merced County
California, USA

Donald Wilke Greear was the second of six sons born to Alonzo Pierce (Lon) and Signa (Osterman) Greear. Don was born in South Dakota and the family moved to Illinois in 1922. He attended local grade schools and Edwardsville High School.

He served in the Army Air Corp and attended Radio School. He became involved in the aerospace program and became an engineer. He worked in the white Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico and later moved his family to California where he worked for Lockheed.

He passed away on March 17, 2003. His obituary states: "Donald Wilke Greear, 85, native of South Dakota, passed peacefully and gently in his home in Gustine on Monday. He was a WW2 veteran and accomplished aerospace engineer. He is survived by his 4 brothers, Melvin, Leo, Kenny and Carl, daughters Carole Wolfsen of Gustine, JoAnn McDonald of Minnesota and Margaret Wayman of Washington. He was preceded in death by his spouse Ruth Margaret and 2 sons, Donald and William. The love and treasurers of his life was his family including 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Private family memorial held in Gustine. A celebration of his life and interment with full military honors will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego in summer of 2003. The entire family wishes to express their gratitude to Michelle Wayman (granddaughter) and the complete staff of Hinds Hospice of Merced for their extraordinary care and compassion. Remembrances may be made to Hinds Hospice, 410 West Main Street, Suite A, Merced, CA 95341-0763." 
 
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 Parents:
  Alonzo Pierce Greear (1892 - 1964)
  Signa Hannah Ostermann Greear (1896 - 1990)
 
 Spouse:
  Ruth Margaret Marshall Greear (1919 - 1979)*
 
 Children:
  Donald H Greear (1944 - 1960)*
  William Henry Greear (1953 - 1975)*
 
 Siblings:
  Melvin Alonzo Greear (1916 - 2013)*
  Donald Wilke Greear (1918 - 2003)
  Kenneth Nels Greear (1920 - 2004)*
  Emmett Clarence Greear (1922 - 1938)*
  Leo Milton Greear (1925 - 2006)*
  Carl Alfred Greear (1928 - 2003)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
US ARMY
 
Note: WORLD WAR II
 
Burial:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: LaVerne Greear Bloemker
Originally Created by: International Wargraves ...
Record added: Jul 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72468282
Donald Wilke Greear
Added by: Donna Montoro Westwood
 
Donald Wilke Greear
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Added by: Kit and Morgan Benson
 
 
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Rest in peace, Uncle Don.
- LaVerne Greear Bloemker
 Added: Jan. 28, 2014

- Donna Montoro Westwood
 Added: Oct. 7, 2011
 
 
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