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August 15, 2014

Fort holds memorial ceremony for recently retired FH police chief

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Maranda Flynn
Staff Writer

Andrew and Lisa Shears carry the remains of Ollie James Shears, the recently retired chief of police with Fort Huachuca’s Directorate of Emergency Services, into the Main Post Chapel, Fort Huachuca, Aug. 8, for a Celebration of Life Ceremony.

Soldiers, Civilians and Family members gathered for a memorial ceremony Aug. 8 at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Huachuca for Ollie James Shears, who passed away June 8.

Shears, 62, served over 20 years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer. After he retired, Shears continued his service as the chief of police, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison here at Fort Huachuca. He retired from civil service on April 30.

During the ceremony, as friends and Family spoke of Shears, they remembered him as a “gentle giant” and a kind man with a big heart.

“One thing I will always remember about Ollie is that he had a rare gift, one that very few really have,” said Dan Ortega, director of Emergency Services here. “He had the gift of reason. Ollie made sense out of the senseless. He brought logic to the illogical. Ollie brought sanity to a crazy world. Ollie made people comfortable. And that is what I will miss most about Ollie.”

Richard Waters, deputy, Directorate of Emergency Services, said Shears was everyone’s “pillar of support and always comforting.”

“Ollie had a knack for storytelling,” Waters said. “Every story he told made many of us feel as if we were right there beside him — running the back woods of Arkansas or taking down drug dealers in Germany.”

Following remarks and prayers from Chaplain (Capt.) Bruce Duty, Shears’ Family was presented with a shadow box containing mementos from his military and Civilian careers and an American flag.

As the ceremony ended, the Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard fired a three-volley salute and Taps was played. Row by row, attendees rendered their final salutes and said their goodbyes.
After the memorial, Shears’ Family and friends gathered for refreshments and had the opportunity to reminisce on the life he so honorably lived.

Shears is survived by his wife Lisa, his daughter Rachel and her husband Staff Sgt. Wold Archer, grandchildren Nathaniel, Olivia, Alyxander and Sophia. He is also survived by his sons Ollie James Shears Jr., and Michael Shears; his sister Erma Jean Wells and his brother, Andrew Shears.




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