Boone Funeral Home - Evansville
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Evansville, IN
WHEATON, IL and EVANSVILLE, IN - Ralph Cannon Dear, Sr., age 92, died Oct. 2, 2021, at his home, attended by his wife of 55 years, Pheabe Dear and family, and son, Jeffrey. Born in Jersey City, NJ, to Cyrene Bakke Dear and Joseph Albert Dear III, co-owner and editor of a major New Jersey newspaper the Jersey Journal, he was named for Chicago sports writer Ralph Cannon, Joseph's roommate at the University of Chicago. Ralph, an Eagle Scout, attended Lincoln High School of Jersey City and graduated from Princeton University. He served in the Air National Guard at Falmouth, MA and Newburgh, NY. He was a reporter for the Newark (NJ) Evening News, Denver Post, and Tufty News Bureau. Ralph held advertising and management positions for the Wheaton Daily Journal, and was co-owner and officer of Dear Publications & Radio, which published newspapers in Wheaton, IL and four other states when the Dears sold the Jersey Journal. He was general manager of the Hampton, NH Union and Smart Shopper. He was president of Wheaton, IL's Jaycees and Hampton, NH's Rotary Club. Ralph sang in New Jersey's All-State High School Chorus, Princeton's Men's Glee Club, the Barbershop Harmony society, and Evansville's gospel sextet. He loved studying the Bible, playing tennis and piano, composing music, swimming, and traveling. Ralph was preceded in death by eldest daughter, Salli; brothers, David, Joe A. IV and Bryan. He is survived by his beloved wife, Pheabe Horne Dear; sons by prior wife, Ralph Cannon Jr. of Atlanta and Jeffrey of Cary, IL; son, Martin and daughter, Gwen Rodgers of Evansville, IN; brother, Walter of Durango, CO; grandchildren, Ryan, Lucas, and Ethan Ross-Dear; Asher, Adeleine, and Hartley Halsey; and great-granddaughters, Kiley and Noa. The funeral service was held Oct. 5th at Evansville's Christian Fellowship Church. For a full obituary, see www.boonefuneralhome.net.

Published by Daily Herald on Oct. 17, 2021.
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