John  Sears
John Michael Sears, age 70 of Monroe, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Monroe. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at Coburn Funeral Home in Monroe. Visitation will follow the service until 7:00 p.m. Private family burial will take place on Thursday at Woodward Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Friends of the Monroe Public Library. Condolences may be left at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
John Michael Sears was born on June 20, 1949 in Corydon, Iowa at the cost of $25 to Lewis Deland Sears, Sr and Doris Mae Sandburg Sears, he was the 3rd of 6 children. John Graduated from Woodward-Granger High School and Iowa State University. He grew as a farm boy, a fix it man, and was proud to be co-captain of the 1966 conference winning football team. Despite being married, and expecting a child, he was drafted into the Army at age 19. He served overseas, as his father had in the South Pacific, and his grandfather had in the trenches of France. In Vietnam, he was promoted to E-5 after only 13 months in the service and was named Soldier of the Month of Da Nang Support Command. He was in Khe Shan in December, 1970.
John was a Certified Public Accountant, Iowa certificate number 1657, and a leader in the profession. He served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Society of CPAs and on the Legislative committee for many years. John told his best friend, Marv Smith, that he wanted to be remembered as a teacher. His CPA career involved ownership and management of CPA firms in Oskaloosa and Ames, Iowa. He took his second childhood to Mississippi where he worked building churches, schools, and banks. He returned to Iowa and finished his career working for his good friend, Kurt Konek. John was the guy the captain asked to take a patrol out at night; he was the guy who said, "Give me the ball, I am going through." And he did. He loved life and the people that were with him on the trip.
John is the father of three daughters; Susan Viti of Chicago, Sally Sears of California, and Jennifer Smith of Des Moines; and 4 grandchildren; Gavin Smith, Aubrey Smith, Kallen Smith, Quentin Smith, Ava Viti, and Hannah Viti. St. Paul is recorded as saying, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." In addition to his daughters John is survived by his brothers Steve and Lewis. John is predeceased by his father Lewis Deland Sears Sr., his mother Doris Mae Sandburg Sears, his brother James Douglas Sears, his sister Linda Marie Freese, and his sister Sarona Lee Gilchrist.
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