Ronald Ray Kear

March 19, 1950April 18, 2014
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Ronald R. Kear, 64, of Fort Smith, died April 18, 2014 in Fort Smith. He was born March 19, 1950 in Fort Smith to Isaac and Joyce Fern Russell Kear. He was a retired insurance salesman for Farmers Insurance, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. He is survived by his wife Susan Kear of the Home; two daughters, Amy Carter and husband Jason of Fort Smith and Cara Hickey of Fort Smith; two sons, Jeff Kear and wife Stephanie of Springdale, AR and Jeff Hickey and fiancée Megan Burden of Fort Smith; parents, Neual and Fern Hobbs of Springdale, AR; one sister Patsy Stevens of Kansas City, KS; two brothers, Gene Hobbs of Farmington, AR and Roy Hobbs of Springdale, AR; and five grandchildren, Caleigh Carter, Tiffany, Taylor, and Tanner Kear, and Kasyn McKuen. Funeral service will be Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the St. Paul United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the U.S. National Cemetery all under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jeff Kear, Jason Carter, Ronnie Barter, Jerry Tomlin, Michael Smith and Steve Kolb. The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Monday evening from 5-7 PM. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church 4100 Grand Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72904 or the American Diabetes Association 212 Natural Resource Drive Little Rock, AR 72205. To sign an online guestbook visit


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 22, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, April 21, 2014

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Amelia (Amy) Carter

April 21, 2016

Daddy, I still just can't believe 2 yrs have gone by already. I miss you and love you so much!

April 24, 2014

On behalf of American Legion Post 31, please accept my condolences in the passing of Mr. Kear. God bless you.
Fred Stecher, Chaplain

RF and Family

April 22, 2014

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Ron. May your memories warm your heart and comfort you during this difficult time.

Debra Shigetomi

April 21, 2014

We are not friends of the family, only heard of him thru Brenda Becker while visiting family in Van Buren Arkansas. (We are from Georgia). We send our condolences and our prayers for much peace, strength and comfort during this most difficult time..

The Shigetomi Family

Rebecca Southern

April 20, 2014

Susan you and your family are precious to me . Mike and I are thinking if you in this difficult time. We remember Ron as a sweet and lovely person. He will always be remembered as a man of the community ,a good husband and father ,and a man of God. Our prayers are with you.

Diane Chambers

April 20, 2014

Amy & family ~
I will always have fond memories of you & your dad when we where kids! I know he loved you dearly. Take comfort in the hope that we will see him again one day. I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there this week but, I can't make it. Your all in my prayers.
In Gods Love, Bo & Diane Chambers

Crystal Reynolds

April 20, 2014

My Prayers are with you all in this time of loss. My family will always have wonderful memories. Love you All