Niagara Gazette


January 4, 2013

Raymond Clayton Spear

BEDFORD, IN — Raymond Clayton Spear, age 81, of Bedford, IN, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at 11:05 AM, at IU Health in Bedford. Raymond was born on February 18, 1931 in Corning, NY to Theodore and Lydia (Sparks) Spear. He married Susanne Swick on November 14, 1953 in Niagara Falls, NY, and she survives.

Raymond was a US Army veteran serving in 1953-1956. He retired from General Motors in 1993; he was in the Personal Department. Raymond was an Eagle Scout and attended Riverside Presbyterian Church in New York and First Presbyterian Church in Bedford.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Susanne Spear of Bedford, IN; children, Barry Spear and wife, Pamela of Sevierville, TN; Brett Spear and his wife, Martha Peterson of Lexington, KY; Betsey Makximenko and husband, Victor of Bedford, IN; seven grandchildren, Andrew Spear, Taryn Spear Claypool, Sara Hackett, Garrett Spear, Tyler Spear, Alex Makximenko and Tessa Makximenko; three great-grandsons, Jackson and Cole Spear, and Samuel Claypool. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sylvia Statton and one son, Thomas Spear.

Funeral services were  held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 4, 2013, at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Friends called on Friday from 11:00 AM until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

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