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Couple's obituary being called true love story


The obituary for a Galena, Kansas couple is being read by people all over the Four States.  The couple's lives are being called a true love story.

Things and people pass with time.  But every once in a while, a story seems to stick around, no matter what.  That's how Tim Shears feels about his parents, Bob and Barbara Shears.

"I still can't believe it," says Tim.  "It seems like a dream."

It all started at the Redings Mill Inn, which was called Wimpey's Bar and Grill back in 1949.  Bob noticed Barbara, who was on a date with someone else, didn't look so well.  The story goes, Barbara was going through an appendicitis attack but her date didn't seem too concerned.  But Bob carried her to the car, drove her to the hospital, and checked on her a few days later.

Call what Bob did a hook, line, and sinker, because the two married on July 15th, 1950.

Their son, Tim was born four years later.  Their daughter, Susan, was born two years after Tim.  Life carried on.

"I think they put God first in their lives," says daughter Susan.

Bob and Barbara knew that a big part of showing love, care, and happiness towards others, was first being content with each other's companionship.  They gave each other looks.

"I liked they way they looked at each other, even when other people weren't looking.  And I remember thinking when I was younger that I wanted somebody to look at me that way, and to treat me that way," says granddaughter Sammie Brueggemann.

Our story, quick as it is, is coming to an end.  It's impossible to include all the details of two lives filled with so many fine points.  But here's how the couple showed one last act of dedication towards each other.  On Friday, Barb, who was in the hospital with pneumonia, passed away.  Bob was lying in a hospital bed, at home, suffering from dementia, his breathing labored.

"I did tell him when he was taking his last breaths, I said mom is in heaven waiting on you," says Tim.

Six hours after Barb passed, Bob died, too.

"More and more of a peaceful feeling, and almost a joyful feeling for them, because I know they wouldn't have wanted it any other way," says granddaughter Shannon Thomas.

Bob and Barbara never seemed to ignore each other's love, and love carried them home.  

The couple's funeral is Saturday.  

I wanted it to be different, so it could really tell their story.  I didn't want it to just say that they were born this day, and they died this day, because there is so much more in between there that I thought people should know about, and they just had a neat story.  A love story," says granddaughter Sammie Brueggemann, who wrote the couple's obituary, which can be found here.


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