Niagara Gazette


December 1, 2012

Rodney D. Spears


Rodney D. Spears, 86, of the Town of Niagara, NY, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY. Born in Wytheville, VA, he was the son of the late John and Alice (Doss) Spears.
Rodney moved to the Niagara Falls area in 1958. For 33 years, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Niagara Stone Quarry until his retirement in 1991. Rodney was an avid outdoorsman and especially loved camping and fishing. He also was a talented carpenter and enjoyed woodworking projects.
Mr. Spears is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Dorothy C. (Reisch) Spears; two sons, Jeffrey (Diane Bockmier) Spears and Michael Spears, both of the Town of Niagara, NY; one daughter, Patricia (Wayne) West of Louisville, KY; three grandchildren, Marissa Spears, Lisa Rider and Tricia Mathes; three great-granddaughters, two great-grandsons; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Glen Spears and James Spears; and six sisters, Ollie Gilbert, Nellie Sutphin, Clara Moses, Cecil Thompson, Eula Shumate and Geneva Marshall.
There will be no prior visitation. Private services and burial in Acacia Park Cemetery, North Tonawanda, NY, will be held at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorial offerings in Rodney's memory may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset drive Lockport, NY 14094. Arrangements by M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY.
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