Russell Spear |

Russell Spear

Services for Russell Calvin Spear of Grass Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary. A reception will follow at the Ponderosa Pines Clubhouse on Highway 49, Grass Valley. A private family burial will take place.

Mr. Spear died Monday, Oct. 30, in Grass Valley. He was 83.

He was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Charleston, Ind., to Mary Elizabeth Hall and Homer Spear. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, on ships in the Atlantic and Pacific War Zones. He married Darlene Evenson on April 10, 1954, in Reno, Nev. He worked as a maintenance machinist, mechanic and home builder. He enjoyed restoration of classic/antique cars, home building, boating, fishing and traveling in recreational vehicles.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Spear of Grass Valley; daughters, Kim Yates of Los Gatos and Cheryl Baker of Auburn; sister Jayne Bain of Zionsville, Ind.; and granddaughter Christina Baker of Auburn. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Hall in 1934; father Homer Spear in 1961; and brother Homer “Bunny” Spear in 1997.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.

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