Obituary for Karl F. Lear

Karl Fredrick Lear, age 66, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 1, 2019, at his home in Northfield. Karl was born on May 26, 1953, in Waterloo, Iowa. Karl married Carol Chollar Lear on May 31, 1975. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Carol. He leaves behind two daughters Johannah and Taelor. Karl spent the last two decades working in IT. That provided him the opportunity to impress people half his age that he was current on the latest trends in technology. His true passion was music (hence the Masters in Music from the University of Iowa). If classical […]

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Karl Fredrick Lear, age 66, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 1, 2019, at his home in Northfield.

Karl was born on May 26, 1953, in Waterloo, Iowa. Karl married Carol Chollar Lear on May 31, 1975. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Carol. He leaves behind two daughters Johannah and Taelor.

Karl spent the last two decades working in IT. That provided him the opportunity to impress people half his age that he was current on the latest trends in technology. His true passion was music (hence the Masters in Music from the University of Iowa). If classical music came on the radio chances were high he could tell you the composer and the piece that was playing. Not only did Karl love to listen to music, he equally enjoyed playing the cello. Whether it was for an adoring crowd or to play as part of the “Lear quartet”, he knew how to captivate an audience.

In his free time he liked to go antique shopping, fix a string instrument or computer, and he enjoyed encouraging his kids to go after all of their crazy endeavors. Most likely, Karl will be remembered for having a way to make everyone feel at ease. It could have been his insane amount of patience or the fact that he refused to take life too seriously and always looked for the positive side. Let us remember all of the verbose stories he would tell, his impressive vocabulary, and his witty comebacks

Karl’s family will host an open memorial at the Archer House in downtown Northfield, on Sunday, September 22, 2019 beginning at 1:30PM.

if desired, memorial gifts can be made to the Dakota Valley Symphony in memory of Karl.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Visitation

September 22, 2019 - 1:30 PM -

Archer House - Northfield
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3 Comments

  1. Joe and Beth Endert

    Remembering your Dad. I remember going out Trick or Treating w him in all kinds of weather when the girls were much younger! Joe Endert

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  2. Maxine Fawcett-Yeske

    I never met Karl, but we communicated through letters and emails regarding his brother Geof. I enjoyed his sense of humor and appreciated the care and concern he expressed for Geof. I would have loved to have heard him play the cello. He will be dearly missed by his brother Geof.–Maxine Fawcett-Yeske

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  3. Cheryl Wolpern

    Carl and I became friends on line. We would text back and fourth for many month. We met twice for a lunch date. He surprised me with a cute little bouquet on our second lunch date. We were in the process of meeting for a third lunch date. He told me he had a surprise for me. I know how much he loved his daughters as they were a big part of his life and he always talked about them. I will miss texting back and forth with him. I will always wonder what little surprise he had for me. RIP Carl

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