Jon Hy Bear
Jon Hy Bear
December 26, 1934 - July 5, 2018
Jon Hy Bear, 83, of Wichita Falls, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018.
The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9, at Lunn’s. Interment will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Burkburnett Cemetery in Burkburnett. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 at Lunn’s Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.
A son of the late Eileen (Willis) and Glen H. Bear, Jon was born on December 26, 1934, in Burkburnett, Texas. Jon graduated from Burkburnett High School in 1953. In high school he played football and was a member of the marching band. Jon was voted boy with the cutest smile and senior class president. Little did he know he would be in charge of planning the Class of ’53 reunion for the next 60 years.
Jon graduated from Texas Tech University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. While at Tech, Jon was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Sigma Nu Fraternity. He was always proud of his Texas Tech education. Jon had high hopes for the football team at the beginning of every season. He loved to talk to anyone he met wearing a Tech cap and shirt or driving a car with a Tech bumper sticker.
After college, Jon began work as a petroleum engineer at Burk Royalty Company alongside his father. He worked there for 60 years, only just fully retiring in December of 2017. Jon took great pride in his career. He loved telling stories about the oil field when he was a young man just starting out. He met so many interesting people and formed a true friendship with all of his colleagues at Burk Royalty Company.
Jon met Mille’ Whitener in May of 1958, and they were married one year later. Jon and Mille’ loved traveling and enjoyed trips throughout most of the western United States, Europe, Egypt and South America. One of their favorite trips was sailing on the Queen Elizabeth II to England and flying home on the Concorde. Jon and Mille’ were married 42 years prior to her passing.
In 2001, Jon had a first date with Addie Ebner. Following that evening, they became a great support for one another and enjoyed a loving friendship and companionship for the rest of Jon’s life. Jon and Addie loved going out to dinner with friends and taking road trips to visit important sites in the history of the Southwest.
Jon’s hobbies included cars, guns, hunting and watching western movies. He supported many charities and was a member of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. Jon Bear was dearly loved, and he will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues.
Along with his parents, Jon was also preceded in death by his wife, Mille’ Bear and son Glen Aaron Bear.
Jon is survived by his daughter, Ginger Bear and her husband, Ron Banks; grandson, Zachary Bear Banks; daughter-in-law, Tracy Renee Bear; granddaughters, Ann Marie Bear and Victoria Elizabeth Bear; and best friend and loving companion, Addie Ebner.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be sent to the Glen Bear Memorial Scholarship, FFA Alumni, P.O. Box 9244, Wichita Falls, TX 76308.