Robert Bruce SHEARER
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SHEARER, Robert Bruce Robert Bruce (Bob) Shearer was born March 31, 1928 in Lexington KY, the 5th of 6 children of Jesse C. Shearer, Sr., and Rebecca Wills. Bob grew up in Lexington, graduating from Henry Clay High School in 1946. He spent two years in the Army, stationed in Kobe, Japan, and then enrolled in the University of Kentucky Law School, receiving his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree. He was admitted to the Bar of Kentucky in 1952. In 1953, he married Pearl Castle of Ashland, Kentucky. Bob was an investigator for the Civil Service Commission, and after assignments throughout Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Michigan, he was assigned to Cincinnati in 1957. He took a post in Procurement at WPAFB, and the family moved to Huber Heights in 1958. Later, he served as a trial attorney in the WPAFB Staff Judge Advocate office and professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He was also a co-author of Government Contract Law. He volunteered for Model Cities legal services in the 1970s in Dayton. He was also admitted to the Federal bar, and many other federal courts, including the Armed Forces Board of Contract Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1974, he retired from Federal service and began private practice, specializing in government contract and construction contract law. He also taught for many years as an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering, Professional Development Division of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and traveled across the United States and Europe, including Germany and Alaska. In 1999-2000, Bob contracted with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, researching and reporting on the relationship between American Indian tribes and the Federal government. Bob was active in Huber Heights civic matters, serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Community Improvement Corporation. He was a founder of the H. H. Decima Corporation, and active in the Wayne Township Civic Association. Bob was admitted to the Bar of Ohio in 1968, and as an attorney for the WTCA, he fought against the annexation of Wayne Township and helped secure the incorporation of Huber Heights. Bob died in Marin County, California, January 9, 2013. He resided at WindChime of Marin, a memory care facility. He was buried in Ashland , Kentucky. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a step-father, 3 brothers and 2 sisters; and his beloved wife, Pearl, in 1988. He is survived by Terrie (Jim) Gutwein, of Kettering; Cindy Shearer of San Rafael, CA, and Rob (Mary Alfred) of Beavercreek; grand children Katy (Jonathon Smith), and Richard Gutwein, of Raytown, MO; Jason Mahood of San Rafael, CA; and Ashley Shearer of Huber Heights, OH and Bruce Shearer of Clayton, OH; Ted Alfred of Beavercreek, one great grand child, Ian Parker Smith of Raytown, MO; one step-great-grandchild, Brycen Dean of Edmond, OK; and a sister-in-law Betty Jo Castle of Ashland, KY. Memorial gifts may be made in Bob's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, Kaden Tower, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville KY 40205-3284 or to the charity of your choice.


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Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 3, 2013.
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March 21, 2013
Cindy,
My sincerest sympathies go out to you on discovering the loss of your dad. Be well.
Lawrence Steinke
March 20, 2013
Bob, was visiting professor at the Univ of Wisconsin and in the 70's I managed the hotel where he stayed. We had many wonderful conversations. He was a brilliant man. God bless.
Jere Hilton
March 4, 2013
Thank you Mr. Bob for the fun years at the beach and wiffle ball in your back yard. I will never forget the great times. Go home to the Lord.
Bruce Corbolotti
March 3, 2013
Such fond memories of Bob. He and my father were classmates in law school at the University of Kentucky and shared many meals together prepared by my mother. I understand that Bob and Dad had many long study sessions at my parents apartment in Lexington and Mom cooked for both. In later years it was quite ironic that I married a girl from Huber Heights whose parents were friends of Bobs as well. Rest in peace Bob, you were a great man!
Bill Redwine
March 3, 2013
Mr. Shearer was a fine neighbor who was very helpful and kind to the kids in the neighborhood, of which I was one. He & Pearl were next-door neighbors and dear friends of my parents for many years.

He was a good man and a real "character". The Corbolotti family will miss him.
Greg Corbolotti
March 3, 2013
Thanks for being our friend Bob! May God rest your soul and comfort your family for ever more.
Jack & Nancy Dalton
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