Wilbur McNear, 73, of Mapleton, died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Onawa.
Wilbur was born on April 18, 1931, in rural Anthon, the son of George and Marvel (Howard) McNear. He attended rural school through seventh grade and graduated from Oto High School in 1949.
Wilbur was united in marriage to Agnes Heisler on Sept. 4, 1961, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton. To this union three sons were born.
He helped his father in farming and owned and operated his own Sinclair Service Station in Oto and in Mapleton for over 50 years. He was active in the Mapleton Flying Club and had his own plane for several years. He also was a member of the Mapleton Community Club and of Maple Valley Development. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He lived for going to work every day and visiting with all his friends.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes; his three sons, Kent and Samantha and child Chris of Ute, Lynn and Tami and children Brittany and Alexandria of Le Mars, and Mark and Molly and children Taylor and Tyler of Danbury; two brothers, Ronnie and Barb of Fort Gibson, Okla., and Gary and Susan of Fort Myers, Fla.; and two sisters, Virginia and Dale Hayworth of Correctionville, and Betty Colesman of Aurora, Colo. Wilbur also leaves many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Sheri Lou Hayworth and a nephew, Todd Hayworth.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, a St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton with Msgr. Mark Duchaine officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Mapleton. Visitation was Thursday, March 10, from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Armstrong Chapel in Mapleton, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers were Chuck Porter, Gregg Marsh, Don Castle, Steve Hayworth, Mike Price and Mike Alexander. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Ortner, Ed Henkenius, Dick Schleis, Pete Collins, Mick Drea, Marvin Drenkhahn and Leo Kane