Carl L. Wear, 90, went home to be with his Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora, where he was a member. Interment: Aurora Cemetery with full military honors. Carl was born in Catawba, Wis., on Dec. 13, 1923, to Carl Sr. and Eva Tague Wear. Born to deaf parents, his first language was signing with his hands. After being raised as a farm boy, he went on to serve two years in the Army during World War II
, participating in the Battle of the Bulge at Grande Halleaux, Belgium, and earning a Purple Heart
after being wounded there. He later enlisted in the Air Force and proudly and humbly served his country in the U.S. and in England for the next 18 years. After retiring from the service, he settled his family in Rhome and enjoyed the rest of his life there making many friends and serving the community in the capacity of city secretary, water superintendent and mayor. He also served as water superintendent in Saginaw. He always had a smile and a handshake for everyone he met and no one left his presence a stranger. His greatest joys were his family, friends, his pets and working with his hands. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a proud member of the Wise County Veterans
Association, a charter member of the Chisholm Trail Antique Farm Equipment Club and the 75th Division Veterans Association. Survivors: He will be greatly missed by his family including his wife, Mildred Wear; daughters, Carolyn Hines and husband, Danny, and Jennifer Blomberg and husband, Jerry; son, Gary Wear and wife, Cindy; stepdaughters, Cheryl Hoover and husband, Jerry, Donna Misner and Jean Misner-Smith and husband, David; stepsons, Steve Misner and wife, Cindi, and John Misner; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.