Robert Kaye Spear, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, March 26, 2018, at Kansas City Hospice House.
Robert Kaye Spear, 72, of Leavenworth, died, Monday, March 26, 2018, at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born May 22, 1945, in Kokomo, Ind., the son of Richard and Nellie (Hobson) Spear.
Bob is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara (Sharp) Spear. He is also survived by four children, Patrick, Shanna, Desiree and Candice; 10 grandchildren, two sisters, Glenda and Marilyn; four nieces and two nephews.
He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Orchestral Management and Voice. Bob was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Later he received a Master of Science in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado.
Bob taught school, helped with musical productions and served as adjunct business faculty for four local colleges, including Park University. He presented papers at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Scientific Congress. He was accepted into MENSA and Intertel intellectual societies.
Bob served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Army for 13 years before medical separation and 14 years as a civilian at Fort Leavenworth receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for his deception operations work in Desert Storm.
He is remembered for his big smile, hearty laugh, humor in adversity, positive attitude and beautiful voice. His passions were music, reading, writing, publishing, storytelling, hosting a radio show, historical performing, hapkido, creating The Book Barn, cooking, his dog, and volunteering. Highlights were playing with the Warren Covington Tommy Dorsey touring Orchestra in college and having his grade school plant a tree for his background music on Indiana’s Sesquicentennial record; attending ceremony by Koreans honoring him as the first American to get 3rd dan blackbelt, receiving Life Time Achievement 8th dan blackbelt
for mastery and teaching; selection as a judge for the Ben Franklin book Awards; selection by the Kansas and Midwest’s arts commissions to tour his underground railroad stories and performances as Buffalo Bill; supporting his unit’s Korean orphanage where he adopted children Pat and Shanna, and celebrating Mainstreet’s success of Harry Potter, Yellow Brick Road, 50’s party and Find Waldo events.
Bob loved life, fought hard, worked hard and endured many medical challenges.,Because of his strong faith in Jesus Christ he looked forward to Graduation Day.
He was a loving husband, father, uncle and grandfather.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.