GARDNER - Robert E. Sears, 86, of Gardner, died on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester.
Robert was born in Gardner on October 22, 1930, the son of the late Earl D. and Elsie G. (Lashua) Sears. He was predeceased by his siblings, Gerald Sears, Donald Sears, Glen Sears and Darlene Kennedy.
He is survived by his children, Karen M. Gandee and her husband Jack of Orange, MA; Valerie A. Sears of Gardner and Sandra J. Zuscak and her husband Stephen of Gardner. He is further survived by his grandchildren Jason M. Patch and his wife Tammy of Hudson, NH and Bryan J. Patch of New Braintree, MA. He also leaves behind his great grandchildren, Kayleigh Patch, Brayden Patch and Devyn Patch. He is also survived by his sister, Janice Stellato of Gardner and his long time companion Viola Brochu of Gardner and many niece and nephews. He will be thought of fondly and be extremely missed by all.
Robert worked for most of his life as a mechanic.
Robert proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War and attained the rank of Sergeant. He had the prestigious honor of serving as a Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Robert had many likes and interests. He most definitely enjoyed country and western music, hunting, fishing and trips to Foxwoods.
The family wishes to acknowledge the high quality of care Robert received from his primary care physician, Dr. John Worden IV of Mercy Family Practice in Gardner. "Dr. John", as Robert would call him, always went above and beyond to make sure that Robert's medical needs were met. The family is eternally grateful to "Dr. John" for everything he did for Robert.
Military funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 2 PM in Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made to Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, 268 Central Street, Gardner, MA 01440.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.