Richard I Shearer

March 23, 1935March 11, 2013

RICHARD IVAN SHEARER MUNSTER, IN Richard I. Shearer, age 77, of Munster, IN passed away at his daughter's home in Homewood, IL where he resided for the last five years, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 11, 2013. Mr. Shearer is survived by two daughters: Constance M. (Jason) Noe of Mt. Prospect, IL and Carolyn J. Shearer of Homewood, IL; two brothers: Lowell (Carol) Shearer of Indianapolis, IN and Lawrence (Martha) Shearer of Roanoke, VA; great aunt, Marge Shearer of Highland; sister-in-law, Carole (Rev. Kenneth) Bergner of Baileys Harbor, WI; granddaughter, Rachel; nephews: Christopher and Jeremy; nieces: Janet, Mary Ellen, and Amy; great nieces: Nidia, Nora, and Madeline; and great nephew, Ethan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; and his parents: Henrietta and Herbert Shearer. Richard was born on March 23, 1935 to Henrietta and Herbert Shearer at home in Hammond, IN. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana Central College in Indianapolis and his Masters Degree in Art Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Richard was a mentor and educator to all students he encountered, teaching Art at Portage and Highland High Schools, Northwest Indiana Art Association, and private lessons throughout his 40 plus teaching career. Always committed to the youth of his community, he worked for Pyramids, Inc. in Hammond, IN, a not-for-profit youth service agency. Richard and his wife, Danna were married August 16, 1958 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Hammond. He was a member of the Unity Church in Hammond, IN. Mr. Shearer was an avid gardener, fisherman, photographer, jeweler, potter and lover of nature. He will be deeply missed by all who were privileged to know him. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home (8178 Cline Ave., Schererville, IN). Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Horizon Hospice of Olympia Fields, 3408 Vollmer Road,Olympia Fields, IL 60461, 708-283-8150; the Southern Poverty Law Center,; or the American Civil Liberties Union,


  • Visitation Friday, March 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Shannon Fifield class of 83

August 14, 2013

I had mr. Shearer for photography. & jewelry class .. he was an awesome teacher/ human being rip mr.shearer

Carole DiZeo

April 5, 2013

Dear Carrie and Family, My sympathy goes out to Richard's devoted family, friends, and former students. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Richard. Last year, my Native American Flute Circle played for Richard and his family and Richard's caretakers. There was such an aura surrounding Richard.The peace and serenity, of that day, was so healing for all who were present. Richard seemed to be enjoying the sounds of the different flutes. There was a sense that whatever was going to take place in the future, for Richard, he was prepared for the "next level" of his journey. The devotion and compassionate care, that Richard received from his family and caretakers, were so tender and so precious even to an "outsider!" The love that surrounded Richard could be felt as my flute circle and myself played our flutes. Well, now the high heavens are embracing a man who lived life to the fullest surrounded by people who loved and respected Richard in a heartfilled kind of way.
Blessings of comfort, strength, courage and healing, Chaplain Carole

Vivian Sheriff

March 29, 2013

My sympathy to the family.
Dick was the best man at my wedding, to Bruce Sheriff. He was a kind and gentle soul and we thought a lot of him. Hopefully he and Bruce are talking over old times. (Bruce passed away 10/19/11)May the Lord comfort you at this time and give you peace.

Karen Hammerquist

March 26, 2013

I had him for ceramics and he just let us use our imagination and run with it!! class of '77 The world has definately lost a true pure spirit!! My prayers are with his family So sorry for your loss!!!

Thais Fabri

March 24, 2013

Huge sadness to hear that this great human being is not between us anymore.
I had the enormous pleasure to be his student at Portage high school in 92, as an exchange student.
Could also continue to have the happiness to be his friend some of the times I have visited Portage again.
God will certainly be delighted to have his nobel presence around.

Donna Morales-Oemig

March 22, 2013

Mr Shearer was one of my favorite teachers, too. Ceramics and photography were outlets for creating and capturing some of life's most beautiful things and moments. He was generous and kind and encouraging. Sad to know he's gone, but he lives on in those he taught. Thank you, sir. Be at peace.

Kathy Stover

March 21, 2013

What a great teacher. I took his class for as many semesters as I could because he was a great teacher. He had a great sense of humor and would tell you like it was. He will be missed.

March 21, 2013

Mr.Shearer you will be truly missed. Always had a ball in your pottery class. I have many memories of my time at P.H.S. and best of all i still have pieces of pottery that you helped me make. love Karen L Herron "82"............. England

March 21, 2013

Wow, how to some up my feelings for such an amazing man in words?!? First I'm a 1998 graduate and not only did I take his classes I was his T.A. for three years. We became very close; he retired when we graduated and I'd tease him it was because I was awesome he couldn't possibly want to teach without me! My friends and I would hang out at his house and we shared some awesome memories. We stayed in contact until I moved and he became ill and moved in with his daughter. I send my condolences to his family and I hope you know how special he was to his students. I even got the pleasure of meeting your lovely mom. The earth got a little dimmer for sure on his passing........much love sent your way.

Keely (Mead) Newbeck , Kentwood,MI

Kathleen Lake Rinnhofer

March 21, 2013

Wonderful man and teacher. Encouraged his students to try different things. Love his photography class at PHS.