John Sears 81 of Ord died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at his Home in Ord.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Ord United Methodist Church with Rev. Stefanie Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Shirley Sears Scholarship Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
John was born on March 23, 1935 in Sargent, Nebraska. He was the 4th son of Earl and Ida (Garner) Sears. John grew up on farms with his 5 brothers in the Sargent, Taylor and Burwell areas. The boys never had many toys, but Earl loved baseball and he played a lot of ball with them. The family went to may ballgames and family gatherings. When his parents moved from west of Taylor to south of Burwell, John stayed with his grandma Garner so that he could finish high school in Taylor. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1958. During his high school years he did numerous jobs working in the hayfields for people and after graduation he taught rural school kids.
On December 27, 1957, John married Shirley F. Herrington at the Methodist Church in Burwell. To this union two children were born, Larry and Tammy. They lived on a ranch in Garfield County the first year, where they both were teaching school. When school was out, the next year they moved to Ord where they made their home.
Upon moving to Ord John worked for Romans Motor Freight. In May of 1973 John went to work for Briggs, a trucking company in Omaha. He would stay in Omaha during the work week and then commute home on the weekends. He worked there for 3 years until the summer of 1976. John returned back to Ord and started Service Oil Transportation with a partner, Leon Klanecky. The company name was later changed to K-Truck and John worked there until his retirement in 2009.
John loved driving trucks and delivering freight to all the small towns in the area. He was a hard worker and up in the early hours of the morning to sort freight into other trucks to be delivered. He also did the routine maintenance work on the trucks. He enjoyed the people, visits and many friendships he made. Some of his closer friends would say that John could back a truck faster and straighter than most people could drive forward.
John was a sports fanatic. He loved to watch baseball, basketball, volleyball and football, especially Husker football. If you ever had the chance to watch a game with John, it was an eventful on. As a
young boy in high school we had been told of how good of a basketball player he was. We have numerous medals that he had received, that tell us that he was. He continued playing basketball on a men’s town team and he traveled the state refereeing high school basketball games. He also donated his time to umpire American Legion Baseball in Ord with a lot of the guys who were friends of his and his family.
John and his wife Shirley spent many hours traveling to watch their son and daughter in their sporting events, they never missed a game. They continued traveling and watching their grandkids in their
sporting and School activities. They made several trips to Idaho; their only regret was they couldn’t make it to all of them. John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was very proud of
each one of them. In the past year he had the chance to spend time with 2 of his great grandsons. This was something he thoroughly loved.
During his retirement years John helped his son at the ranch, working cattle, haying and other numerous tasks. Whenever Larry needed help, John was there without question. HE kept busy mowing his lawn and working on things around the house. He would go up and mow Larry’s yard because he wanted something to do and so that he could visit with friends that he knew from the Burwell area. John enjoyed his mornings at Rosie’s for breakfast and visiting with people. In the afternoons he would get together with his friends for coffee and BS at Arby’s. HE looked forward to those times.
John is survived by two children, Larry Sears of Burwell and Tammy (Jim) Hibbard of Boise, Idaho; Seven grandchildren, Zach (Kori) Hibbard of Boise, Zane Hibbard of Boise, Kihley Hibbard of Monticello, Iowa, Samantha Sears of Kearney, Elizabeth Sears of Norfolk, Matt (Amanda) Larsen of LeMars, Iowa, Cassie (Andy) Carmin of Doniphan; five great grandchildren; one brother Gary Sears of Aurora.
John was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Ida, his wife Shirley, and four brothers, Ray, Dale, Don and Robert. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.