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Dennis R.Spears

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 9:32 a.m. CST

WILMINGTON — Mr. Dennis R. Spears, 55, of Wilmington, Ill., passed away peacefully in his sleep March 19, 2013, as the result of an unknown cardiac condition.

Born Feb. 28, 1958, in Kankakee, Ill., Dennis was a son of the late Earl and Virginia Ferdinand-Spears. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1976, and continued on to attend Bradley University.

He was formerly employed for many years with AAA as a Unix systems administrator, and most recently worked for Crossmark. Dennis was a former member of the NRCS Soil and Water Board for the county, worked with the Wesley Township Land Use Commission and the Kankakee Watershed Board, and carried out the close of his father’s term as Wesley Township Supervisor following his father’s death.

Dennis’ interests included skydiving and computers, and he also assisted his brother, Claude, as a sound crew member for various air shows.

Survivors include his brother, Claude (Liz) Spears of Robins, Iowa; a sister, Robin (Jim) Sommers of Chebanse, Ill.; and one nephew, Steve Scanlon of Hiawatha, Iowa.

Cremation rites have been accorded. The family will receive friends from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, Wilmington. Inurnment will follow at a later date in Sugar Creek Chapel Cemetery in Stockland, Ill.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Dennis’ memory to his family for their distribution.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Cremation and memorial services have been made under the direction and care of Matthew R. Baskerville, CFSP. For additional information, call (815) 476-2181.

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