He was born Feb. 11, 1932, in Loraine, Ill., the son of Walter and Ethel Jenkins Wear.
He graduated from high school and then went to work for Quincey Modernizing Co., and in two years time, he worked himself up to foreman.
He then joined the U.S. Air Force and served for four years in several locations through Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia. He also attended Edmond State Teacher's College.
In his work career, he worked in farming; for Moorman's Seed Co.; in 1963, he worked for Delmonte, in Rochelle, Ill.
In 1971, he began working for Fleetwood Homes and he was transferred to Brazil with the company.
When Fleetwood went out of business, he began working for Col. Gayle Hughes and managed business for him. February 1978, he started the manufactured home company known as 'Hoosier Homes,' which he owned and operated for 21 years.
Mr. Wear retired in 1999.
Bruce was active in civic organizations and was a charter member of the Lions Club in Loraine, Ill.; member of the Brazil Elks Lodge; Kiwanis Club and served as past president and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 2, Brazil.
On Oct. 20, 1953, he was united in marriage to Rosemary Smith Wear. Together, they enjoyed working in business together and they enjoyed traveling together following retirement.
Bruce was generous, compassionate, loving and forgiving. He loved his family beyond measure, and was a devoted family man.
Survivors include his wife Rosemary Wear, Terre Haute, son Boyce Wear and wife DeLayne, Columbia, Tenn., daughter Debbie Shoemaker and husband Jon, McDonough, Ga., grandchildren Justin Wear and wife Edie, Nashville, Tenn., Jeremy Wear, Champaign, Ill., Charles Shoemaker and wife Carla, Jonesboro, Ga., Kimmie Shoemaker, McDonough, Ga., and Ashley Shoemaker, McDonough, Gal., great-granddaughter Julia Rose Shoemaker, sister-in-laws Barbara Wear, Loraine, Il., and Mary Wear, Mendota, Ill., many nieces and nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harold Wear, Seldon Wear and Gene Wear, and sisters Marjorie Mae Wear, and Mary Ellen Smith.
Services will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Lummis-Hamilton Funeral Home, 110 E. School St., Camp Point, Ill., 62320, with visitation from noon-2 p.m.
Burial will follow at Loraine Cemetery with military graveside rites.
There will be a memorial gathering from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil.
Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.