OBIT: William Forrest “Billy” Sears


William Forrest “Billy” Sears, 65, of Campbellsville, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Louisville.

He was born on July 29, 1946 in Exeter, N.H and was the son of William Francis Sears and Ruby Nicholas Sears.

He is survived by his wife, Claris Sears; one son, Christopher Sears of New Shepherdsville; five step-children, Rita Bush of Horse Cave, Barbara Gilpin of Shepherdsville, Jamie Luttrell and Angie Kerekes of Knifley and Ronnie Luttrell of Columbia; two grandchildren; 18 step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; his parents, William Frances and Ruby Sears of Campbellsville; four sisters, Annie Parrott and Pattie Sears of Campbellsville, Johanna Sciascia of Enterprise, Ala., and Mary Catherine Kidd of Harrodsburg; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a step-son, Larry Luttrell.

Mr. Sears, a retired carpenter, served his country in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with bronze and two loops, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal, and an Army Occupation Medal (Berlin).

He was a member of the 75th Rangers and the 5th Special Forces. He was also a member of the American Legion Edwards O’Banion Post No. 82 and the Disabled American Veterans.

Cremation was chosen. Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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