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Dr. Robert R. Ream

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Dr. Robert R. Ream, optom-etrist, 86, of Thayer, Mo. died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001 at the Ozarks Medi-cal Center in West Plains, Mo. He was born in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 28, 1914 to Jacob Elmer Ream and Jessie Helen Russell Ream. He graduated from Central High School in Springfield, in 1933.He began his optical career as an errand boy while still in high school and later worked at F. H. McClenon's Jewelry Store repairing and calibrating railroad watches. Dr. McClemon later formed Crown Optical Company to manufacture eye glass lenses for the area doctors and Dr. Ream worked in the lab and shortly thereafter became manager. Dr. McClem-on, an entreprencurial inventor, began a machine shop in the basement of the optical building to service defense contracts for World War II. Dr. Ream managed and performed tool and die work there, as well as his optical lab duties. He enlisted in the Army Aug. 27, 1942 and was assigned to the 70th General Hospital unit, which followed the front lines through North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged Dec. 30, 1945.After the war he attended Southwest Missouri State and Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. graduating in December of 1950. He opened his practice in Thayer in April, 1951. He married Geraldine Sinclair Dec. 25, 1952 and to this union two children were born, Anne and Scott.He was active in the PTA, treasurer of the Oregon County Fair, and home service chairman for the American Red Cross; 50-year member , a Paul Harris Fellow, and past president of the Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotary Club; active in Little League; was a Boy Scout himself as a young man and became very involved in local scouting, serving as cubmaster, a member of the local advisory board, and many other capacities for 25 years. He was a founding member of the Thayer Country Club, Indus-trial Development Corporation and Shady Oaks Nursing Home; he was a long-standing member of and supporter of the Thayer Area Chamber of Com-merce and in 1995 was voted Citizen of the Year. He was a 50-year lifetime member of the Missouri Optometric Associa-tion, American Optometric Association and the Missouri Optometric Foundation. Survivors include his wife, Geri; children, Dr. Scott Ream and wife, Pam, and Dr. Anne Ream and husband, Dr. John A. McCall, Jr.; a sister, Helen Rice and husband, Walt; three grandchildren, Delancy Ream, Haley McCall and Matthew McCall; and a host of nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Rex. James, and Francis.Services were Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Bro. William Bales officiating. Burial was in the Thayer Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. of Thayer.Pallbearers were Jack Callahan, Mark Williams, Bill Williams, Lloyd Best, Dean Ream, and David Ream.Honorary pallbearers were Doyle Blackburn, Dan Cover, Frank Gaborik, Bill Perkins, Dr. Gary Lack, Don Ross, Oswald Franz, Bill Franz, and Harvey Allen.