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Morris Leo Krear

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MORRIS LEO KREAR Age 84, of Riverside, died July 26, 2013. Morris was born July 17, 1929, in River Falls, Wisconsin, the son of Leo and Mary (McKilligan) Krear. Prior to graduating high school, in 1947 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. In 1950 he was transferred to Europe and served with the 862nd Engineer Aviation Battalion at Frankfurt, Germany. In January 1953 he returned to the U.S. and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following the Korean Conflict he resigned from military service. After a brief visit to Baldwin, Wisconsin, Morris went to California where he obtained a BA in 1956, and an MA in 1964 from San Diego State College. In 1967 he graduated with a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the United States International University. His career encompassed teaching in San Diego county, school administration there; coordinating curriculum in the Monterey County Office of Education; serving in Vietnam with the Agency for International Development; holding administrative positions in the Placer County Office of Education, the California State Department of Education; and after retirement from California in 1987 served in the Nevada State Department of Education; and was Executive Director for the Pacific Association of Schools and Colleges from 1991-1998. Morris is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Luckey); a daughter, Maria Stella Watson of Carson City, Nevada; 2 grandsons, Bryan Finley Wallace (wife Terra) of Sacramento and Sean Stafford (wife Loan) of San Diego; 2 great-grandchildren, Malcolm Wallace and Stella Stafford; and 4 brothers and 1 sister: Charles (Delores) Krear, Donald (Helen, deceased) Krear, and Patricia Walker, all of Alexandria, Virginia; John (Mary) Krear of Idaho; and David (Darlene) Krear of Hudson, Wisconsin. Many nephews and nieces also survive. Morris was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Milton (Carmen) Krear of Los Angeles, California; a grandson, Joshua Stafford of Sacramento, California; and a brother, Leo (Collette, deceased) Krear of Prescott, Wisconsin. He was a long-standing member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery at 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA, 92518, staging area #4. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the , for Morris lived for years with treatment for several different cancers.


Published in Press-Enterprise from July 31 to Aug. 7, 2013
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