Funeral services for John E. Rear, 68, of Benson, Minn., will be Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. Interment will follow the service in the Benson City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in The Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, from 4 to 7 p.m.
John Edward Rear was born April 6, 1945, in Montevideo, Minn., the son of Edward and Agnes Jorgenson Rear. He was baptized and confirmed at the Mandt Lutheran Church in rural Montevideo. He grew up in Swenoda Township and graduated from Benson High School in 1963.
On April 12, 1970, he was united in marriage to Carolyn M. Ladwig at the United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake, Minn. This union was blessed with more than 43 years of marriage, three children and four grandchildren.
Mr. Rear lived in Swenoda and Torning Townships all his life and was a lifelong farmer. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as an usher and on the Church Council. He organized and was a member of the Swift County Corn Growers Association, and was a member of Farm Bureau, and the Swift County Soybean Growers Association.
Among the things Mr. Rear enjoyed were farming, farming, farming, his Green Iron, reading, sports and spending time with his family — especially his grandchildren — and friends. Mr. Rear died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minn. He attained the age of 68 years, nine months and five days.
He is survived by his wife: Carolyn Rear of Benson; three daughters: Janelle (Chad) Notbohm of Miles City, Laura Rear of Maple Grove, Minn., and Linette (Brandon) Dahl of West Fargo, N.D.; four grandchildren: Jace, Natalie, and Brynn Notbohm, and Juliana Dahl; and one sister, Jewel Berg of Rolling Meadows, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Agnes Rear; and his grandparents.