Samuel F. Bears of Upton died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, of natural causes.
He was born July 7, 1930, to Sam M. Bears and Annie M. Marsh Bears. He was the first of eight children. He lived most of his life in Wyoming.
He worked at the Kemmerer sawmill until 1962 when it went bankrupt. He then moved to Camus, Utah, with his family where he worked in a sawmill. On Dec. 23, 1962, his house caught on fire, and his family escaped by holding wet washcloths over their mouth and nose. As they got to the bottom of the stairs, it went up in flames.
He then moved his family to Hulett to work for Neiman Sawmills under James S. Neiman. He then worked for Pope & Talbot in Newcastle until his retirement.
He is survived by Sally Waugh, Ted Bears, Mike Bears and Ron Bears, all of Hulett; Terry McAmis of Gillette; Jared Bears of Riverton; Ed Bears of Powell; Cindy Millard of Sundance; Bob Bears of Arkansas; and Katie Brigan of Minnesota. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and numerous great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews; his brothers and sisters Bert, Virginia, Ark, Samson and Lewis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives Lorraine and Texie, his siblings Alfred and Janet, and one grandchild.
Cremation has taken place under direction of Worden Funeral Directors of Newcastle. Burial will be at a later date. Condolences also may be attached to the obituary on the News Record’s website at www.gillettenewsrecord.com.