William Paul Teare (Bill), 80, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Michigan City, Indiana, surrounded by the love of his family and the dedicated caregivers at Trail Creek Place Memory Care and Dunes Hospice.
Bill was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, on Sept. 20, 1938, to William and Audra (Wilson) Teare. As a child, he enjoyed playing football, running track, and being mischievous. During his school days, he worked at his family’s store, Teare Pharmacy, mastering his milkshake-making skills behind the soda counter. After high school, he studied engineering at Marietta College.
On Dec. 15, 1958, he married the love of his life, Shirley Algeo, who survives. Together, they raised three children, Paula (Max) Knowlton of Mill Creek, Indiana, Elizabeth Whelan of Michigan City, Indiana, and Lee (Kedron) Teare of Grafton, Wisconsin.
In 1965, he moved his family to Michigan City and began scarfing at Bethlehem Steel’s Burn Harbor facility. He retired shortly after the birth of his first grandchild to attend nearly every school and sport event they ever participated in.
He was a member of The United Methodist Church for many years, and selflessly shared his faith with those serving life sentences at Indiana State Prison until his illness overtook his ability to continue visitation.
Bill was a quiet guy (except for his whistling). His family and friends will remember him as a guy who kept everyone laughing despite rarely being able to deliver a punchline; an avid reader of books on various subjects including mathematics, science, physics and theology; a skilled pool player; and a fan of the Chicago Bears and Ohio State Buckeyes football.
His greatest joy in life were his five grandchildren, Jacob Tickle, Emily Tickle, Travis Teare, Brett Teare and Sydney Teare.
He is also survived by his cousin Ron (Corlis) Teare of Gastonia, North Carolina, and brother-in-law Bill (Debra) Algeo, Humble, Texas – who were the brothers he never had as a child.
He is preceded in death by one son, Michael Allen Teare; a brother-in-law, Don (Ingrid) Algeo; and his parents William and Audra (Wilson) Teare.
As his request, no services will be held. Instead, you may wish to donate to one of his favorite charities: Doctors without Borders, American Red Cross or give of yourself another way: donate blood, become an organ donor, or volunteer your time at a soup kitchen.
Bill’s favorite bible verse was Luke 17:21 “The kingdom of God is within you.” He continues to live in our hearts and in the good works we selfishly do here on earth.