Obituary Terry Bear

Obituary

Terry Wayne Bear

December 7, 2016

 

Terry Wayne Bear, 57, passed away on December 7, 2016 after 9 long years of battling with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Terry was born on January 29, 1959 in Newcastle, WY to Clarence Eldon and Lorraine Irene (Cordingly) Bear. The family moved to Casper while Terry was quite young and then when he was entering 7th grade the family moved to Kaycee. Terry met Tina during high school. He was an assistant in the Ag Shop Class and she was in her first year as a freshman. After graduation he went on to start his life, moving to Worland to follow in his father’s footsteps working in the Bentonite plant. Tina finished high school and went to college in Casper. They ended up together at her cousin, John’s house in Kaycee. Terry decided he really like Tina, so he had his dog, Scrappy, make her stay on the couch till the next morning. If she tried to move, Scrappy would growl until she settled back on the couch. Since she had passed the “Scrappy” test, he asked her if she “wanted to get hitched”. She replied, “I guess”. Her cousin, John, made a bet with Terry that he could get married first, so the race was on. Tina was a good sport and she and Terry eloped three weeks later on June 1, 1982 in Buffalo. (John lost the bet.) Terry took Tina on a honeymoon, “across the train tracks in Worland”. He was taking her home to meet his parents. Tina was so nervous that she promptly threw up on her bed! Once introductions were made and Tina passed the second test, Terry and she stared a life together in which they were blessed with two sons, Cody and Jesse. Terry remained with Black Hills Bentonite until 2000 when his health began to decline. He worked various places after that until he needed a wheelchair. He went through years of medical struggles until he was finally diagnosed in September of 2007 with ALS. At this point the roles in the family were reversed. The couple made decisions to help his cope with the disease, adding a ramp and making their home more accessible so he could navigate around in his wheelchair. Terry took in stride this new development in his life and met the challenges head on. Just prior to his diagnosis, Terry had rescued a kitten from the Humane Society. Boofy was a constant companion to him in his final days, staying beside him or lying on his chest while he slept and even when he passed on.

 

Terry was very passionate about his animals and fixing trucks. He loved anything outdoors, fishing, hunting and hiking. In his younger years, he liked playing basketball and riding broncs in the rodeo. He enjoyed watching the Broncos and had “discussions” with his cousin, Ken, about who was better. (Yes, Ken, there is a “Go Raiders” sign that went with him!)

 

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Tina; sons, Cody Bear of Riverton and Jesse Bear of Worland; brothers, Tim (Glenda) Bear of Springfield, Oregon and Tony (Lori) Bear of Mesa, Washington. He is also survived by Uncles Chuck (Mavis) and Larry Bear all of Worland, Uncle Stan (Lola) Cordingly of Thermopolis, Aunts Sally (Don) Davies of Basin, Aunt Fern Blakeman of Sundance and special cousins, Ken (Ronica) Blakeman of Buffalo and Dale Clark of Aurora, CO and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

As per Terry’s wishes there will be no formal services. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scattered in the places he loved to roam. Memorial donations may be made to help defray costs c/o Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.