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Merlin L. Sears
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Birth: Jun. 7, 1929
Death: Jun. 25, 2011
Monroe County
Indiana, USA

Merlin L. Sears
June 7, 1929 June 25, 2011

Mr. Merlin L. Sears, age 82, of Bedford, passed away at 4:22 a.m. on Saturday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington.

He was born June 7, 1929, in Bedford, to Ambrose and Esther (Baker) Sears. He married Irma Mae Williams on Dec. 18, 1948, she preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 2007.

He retired from GM Powertrain in Bedford after many years of service, and was a Regional Director of United Auto Workers in Indiana and Kentucky. He was a member of UAW Local No. 440 and the Highview Baptist Church in Oolitic.

He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash and was also an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.

He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II and the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion, Gillen Post No. 33, Bedford.

Survivors include two daughters, "Rosie" Rozella Ritchison of Seymour and Patricia Sears of Bedford; three sons, Michael L. Sears (Gail), Jeffrey Sears and Timothy Sears, all of Bedford; his companion, Dana Dippel of Bedford; four grandchildren, Misty Wellman (Dane) of Nashville, Tenn., Dirk Sears (Missy) of Oolitic, Keith Collins (Angela) of Seymour and Kaitlyn Sears of Mitchell; six great-grandchildren, Grant and Clark Wellman, Coleton Ballentine, Chloe Sears, Ryan and Ashley Collins; one sister, Ruth Brim (Phillip) of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irma Sears; two sisters, Lois Potter and Virginia Reynolds; and three brothers, Eugene, Ambrose and Benjamin Sears.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with Pastors Max Abel, Danny Goens and Alan Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Tunnelton Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Family links: 
  Esther Amanda Sears (1908 - 1973)
  Irma Mae Williams Sears (1929 - 2007)
Tunnelton Cemetery
Lawrence County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Treva Jones Peckham
Record added: Jun 29, 2011
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Merlin L. Sears
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Merlin L. Sears
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