Dr. James's Story
Jim Sears, 73, of Danville, passed away peacefully at 10:18 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St., Danville. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dave Garver officiating. Jim will be laid to rest at Spring Hill Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post 210 and honor guard by the Patriot Guard.
Jim was born July 24, 1944, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, to Lewis and Doris (Sandburg) Sears. He attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate degree, and Kent State University for his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Jim proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a torpedoman on the U.S.S. Benjamin Franklin and part of the original commissioning crew of the ship.
Jim worked at the Danville VA as a neuropsychologist from 1981 until his retirement in 1999. After taking a short time off to build their dream home, Jim returned to work at Crosspoint where he worked until September of 2015. Jim was a proud member of Muncie Baptist Church, the American Psychological Association, Danville Sunrise Rotary, the NRA, and American Legion Post 210. He was a past member of both the Danville Pistol and Rifle Club and the Westville Sportsman's Club.
Jim Sears was a fighter whose stubborn spirit and positive outlook enabled him to beat the odds for many more years than expected. He remained grateful for every day that he had, right up until his last day. Jim had a dry sense of humor and a smile that will never be forgotten. He was passionate about his family and his grandchildren, who lovingly called him "Paw."
Jim was at heart a problem-solver, which he applied to both his personal and professional life. He built and raced street stock cars, a passion through which he met many lifelong friends. He enjoyed taking care of his vegetable garden, and any other project he could find to do at his home. In his younger years, Jim enjoyed target shooting, and in more recent years, cherished the opportunity to teach those skills to his grandchildren.
Jim married Linda Watson on September 4, 1965, in Brunswick, Md., and the two have shared over 52 wonderful years together. He leaves behind his wife Linda; two daughters, Nancy (Eric) Nale and Sandy Sears; four grandchildren, Ben Sears, Jack Nale, Lauren Nale and Gaige (Meghan) Nale; three brothers, Lewis "Bo" Sears Jr., Steven (Margaret) Sears, and John Sears; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Sue Barron and Kathy Laing (Dennis Dearing). He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Sarona Sears and Linda Freese; and his closest brother-in-law, Bill Barron.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jim's name to Muncie Baptist Church.
Published on March 5, 2018