Louis C. Bearer at the age of 101, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 31st at the funeral home. Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. John Before the Latin Gate Catholic Church with Father Michael Pratt officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.
Louis Conrad Bearer was born August 29, 1915 in Trafford, Westmoreland County, PA, the son of Anthony Isodore (A.I.) and Marie Francis (Angert) Bearer. Louis graduated from Trafford Public School in 1933, the University of Pittsburg with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1937, a Masters in Letters from the University of Pittsburg in 1943 and a MS from the University of Illinois in 1946. He proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army Air Corps obtaining the rank of Captain. His many years of employment included: Westinghouse Electric in thermo-plastics (1937-1941), Phillips Petroleum Co. (1947-1970) where he worked with high-temperature processes, established the use of computers, solid-fuel rockets and credited with 25 patents. He was self-employed from (1970-2000) in sales, real estate, appraising and president of a construction firm. Memberships and honors include: Sigma Tau (engineering), Scabbard and Blade (military) Sigma Xi (research), Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of Kiwanis and served on various community boards, including Concern and the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Louis was an active member of St. John Before the Latin Gate Catholic Church for more than sixty years. He served on numerous parish committees and was an extraordinary minister, and a lector.
Louis married Priscilla Ray Boyd on June 6, 1942 in Fort Worth, TX. To this union were five children: Robert Lee Bearer, MBA, JD, (Lenora Marsh); Annabeth (Bearer) Robin, MLS, (Henry Robin): Michael Francis Bearer, CPA, MBA, (Abbey DeNapoli); Mary Susan (Bearer) Rahlfs, LPN, (Kurt Robert Rahlfs); Thomas Anthony Bearer, MBA, CPA, (Karan Hice). He was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Louis is also survived by his sister, Dora Marie (Weedman) Kerker of Pensacola, FL.
Louis was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla Ray (Boyd) Bearer, his parents, brothers; Robert I. "Cubby" Bearer, Ralph James Bearer, Paul Joseph Bearer and two great grandchildren; David Cooper and Caleb LeBlanc.