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Milton Eugene "Gene" Bear, 87, a native of Zionsville, died May 11, 2016.
Gene was born July 5, 1928, in Indianapolis to William F. and Stella M. Foster Bear. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army. After his service to his country, he began a long and successful career in the insurance industry, specializing in property & casualty insurance.
Gene belonged to and was very involved with several organizations. He was a 39-year member of Charles F. Frank Masonic Lodge in Zionsville, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, a Noble of Murat Shrine Temple, and the American Legion Post 79 in Zionsville. He was also honored with being made a Sagamore of the Wabash and a Kentucky Colonel.
Gene is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. "Dodie" Bear; his twin brother, Donald Bear; his children, Christie L. Barnhorst, Susan D. Bear, Michael E. Bear, David K. Bear and his wife, Amy Cunningham Bear, and Steven D. Bear. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Joseph Barnhorst, Ryan Ludlow, and Carly Martin.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter-in-law, Lori Hine Bear; and his grandson, Andrew Barnhorst.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, at Salem United Methodist Church, 6701 S. 775 E., Zionsville, with a Masonic Memorial Service beginning at 7 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 18, also at the church. Burial with military honors will immediately follow the service at Salem Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis.
Published on May 16, 2016
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