Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — WILLIAMSBURG — Melvin Edwin Lear, age 74, of Williamsburg, formerly of Lansing, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
Melvin was born July 4, 1939, in Mason, Mich. He served his country in the Air Force, then continued to serve as a firefighter for the City of Lansing for 31 years, retiring as battalion chief in 1996.
He is survived by his “amazing”, devoted wife of 48 years, Kathleen Anne Morrison and their children Kim Marie (Pat) Dennany of Saint Johns, Mich., Chris (Jill) Lear of Shippensburg, Pa., Melissa (Rob) Griffin of Lansing, Mich., Jon (Heather) Lear of Lansing, Mich., and special nephew, Steven (Cindy) Freemire. They have 11 grandchildren, Alex, Alby, Grace, Gabriel, Maria, SadieMarie, Isabella, Madalynne, Millie, and Jack. He is predeceased by his granddaughter Hattie Ann Lear; his sister, JoAnn Freemire; and his in-laws, John and Wilma Morrison.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the First Congregational Church in Traverse City with visitation to start at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at www.firehero.org or P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories of Melvin.