Ronald “Ron” Eugene Dear entered the Lord’s presence and joined the company of heavenly saints on September 5, 2022. After a three-year battle against ALS / Lou Gehrig’s disease, he died peacefully, at the age of 74, surrounded by his family in San Antonio, Texas.
He was born on February 20, 1948, in Alexandria, Virginia, but grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Provine High School in Jackson, Mississippi, and Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, and served in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Ron was a diligent worker, and because of his kindness and generosity was highly respected by those he served. His long and distinguished career included years of service with the Internal Revenue Service, the U. S. Small Business Administration, and Bexar County Appraisal Review Board, as well as serving as President at Citizens State Bank in Brandon, Mississippi. He was honored to spend several years doing what he considered Kingdom work for the Lord, serving as Regional Representative of Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Ron met the love of his life, Gloria Pickard, while they were students in junior high school and lived down the street from one another. They were married on January 27, 1968, and enjoyed 54 years of faithful, joy-filled marriage. Ron was a loving father and grandfather, and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, having trusted in the Lord as a teenager. He and Gloria raised their three sons in the Crossgates community of Brandon, Mississippi, where they were long-time active members of Crossgates United Methodist Church, and where Ron became affectionately known as “1” among the sound engineers.
He was an avid sports dad (and granddad), attending countless soccer games, baseball games, and swim meets as both a spectator and a coach. Along with his love for his children’s sports, Ron was a devoted fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, along with San Antonio Spurs, Texas Longhorns, and Dallas Cowboys. Ron loved to sing and play his beloved 1969 Martin D-28 guitar, and for many years performed locally with Gloria as a popular music duo called “Jasmine”. Since that time, he used his musical talents to lead others in singing worship and praise to the Lord. He was extremely active in the ministries of Methodist Cursillo of Mississippi, South Mississippi Methodist Cursillo, and Kairos Prison Ministry of Mississippi. In 2009, he and Gloria moved to San Antonio, Texas, where they became members of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church.
Ron deeply loved every part of God’s Word, but his favorite Bible verse was 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Cleveland “Pete” Dear and Jessie Carlene Pridgen Dear; and brother, Gary Preston Dear. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; his sons, Brian Dear (Beth) of Austin, Texas; Pastor Josh Dear (Karen) of Muskegon, Michigan; and Jonathan Dear (Helen) of San Antonio, Texas; and his grandchildren, to whom he was lovingly known as “Papaw”, Christian Dear, Kenzie Dear, Luther Dear, Nora Grace Dear, and Wesley Dear.
A graveside service with Navy Honors will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022, beginning at 1:45 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78209. Pastor Michael Crocker and Pastor Josh Dear, officiating. For those unable to attend, you may watch the livestreaming of his service. The livestreaming link may be found within his obituary page at www.porterloring.com .
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Crossgates United Methodist Church, 23 Crossgates Dr., Brandon, Mississippi 39042.
For both services, per Ron’s wishes, please dress in comfortable attire…no coats and ties.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to ALS Texas, 14555 Dallas Parkway, Suite 100-219, Dallas, Texas 75254, https://www.als.org/texas ; Methodist Cursillo of Mississippi, PO Box 13851, Jackson, MS 39236; South Mississippi Methodist Cursillo, 905 Beach Rd., Poplarville, MS 39470, http://www.smmcursillo.org/donations ; Care Bexar Emmaus Community, 21150 Santa Lucia, San Antonio, TX 78259; or Kairos of Mississippi. P.O Box 986, Biloxi, MS 39533, https://www.kairos-mississippi.org/donate.html .
The family would like to express love and gratitude to Ron’s special nurses, Jesi Pfrommer, and Anne McCabe; to the 5th floor MICU at the Audie Murphy VA Medical Center, and to Dr. Leonor Rivera, and Dr. Angela Birdwell.
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Published by San Antonio Express-News on Sep. 11, 2022.