Area resident Robert Spear recently turned 94-years-old. One certainly cannot argue that he hasn't lived a full 94 years-years filled with service to his country and service to his fellow man.
Spear, of Clarington, Ohio, is a United States Navy veteran who served his country during World War II.
The veteran has many stories from his time spent in the Navy, the most exciting of which took place on June 4, 1944 when he was serving on the USS Pillsbury. On this date Spear and his fellow task group members helped capture a German submarine, the U-505 off the coast of West Africa.
The submarine is currently on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Spear believes that he is one of only two shipmates who are still alive.
After his service between 1942-1945, Spear still spent over six years in the Navy reserves. He helped his fellow comrade still when working as a Veteran Service Officer for 50 years, 20 of which was spent transporting veterans to hospitals as far away as Cleveland.
Spear has also worked for the highway patrol for over 20 years. He eventually retired from Hannibal Locks and Dam 41 years ago where he worked as assistant lockmaster.
"The Lord's been good to me," Spear stated when asked of his full life and good health.
"I hope I can continue to please the Lord," he stated.
The veteran has said that though his eyesite and hearing are poor, he can still manage to move without a walker.
A birthday celebration will be held for Robert Spear 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17 at the American Legion Post #760, located on Bares Run in Hannibal, Ohio.
The event is free, and the public is welcome but asked to bring a covered dish. Music will be provided by Bud Sapp and The Country Sounds.