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Alvira Shear

May 1, 1917 — August 17, 2021

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Alvira Shear, age 104 of Spearfish, went home to heaven at the age of 104 on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the Spearfish Canyon Healthcare.

The funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche.  Visitation will take place 5 to 7pm Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Interment will be held in Pine Slope Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Northern Hills.

The funeral service will be broadcasted live online, on Alvira’s obituary page, located on the funeral home’s website:

Alvira Ager was born May 1, 1917 in Frederika, Iowa.  She was the daughter of John and Pearl (Leech) Ager.  At a young age, Alvira moved with her family to the Belle Fourche area where she attended school.  At the young age of 12 she lived alone with her sister for a winter season during the “Dirty 30’s” in the Sulfa area near Mud Butte.  During that winter the two sisters lived alone and maintained the farm by themselves.  She was united in marriage to Pete Shear on June 19, 1936 in Deadwood.  To this union 4 children were born: Bert, Bob, Janet, and Jeral.  Following their marriage, they lived in Belle Fourche where Pete owned and operated S and S Trucking.  Alvira worked 10 years at the sugar factory near Belle Fourche.  She was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, Past Matron for the Easter Star in 1961 and 1962, and in 2001 she became a member of St. James Lutheran Church.  She was also a member of the Naomi Circle, the Daughters of the Nile, and the Tirzah Club.

Alvira’s birthday was May 1st, which was also always the opening day of fishing.  As a result, her and the family have many memories fishing on her birthday, and many memories as well in the steel boat that Peter made by hand.  Alvira loved life, and she loved people.  She would do anything to help someone.  She was “Sassy and Classy”.  She liked to be independent and she like to get up in the morning and make herself look nice.  Her appearance was always very important to her.  She loved playing cards, especially Bridge.  Alivra loved her family so much, especially all her grandchildren.  And they all loved her greatly as well.  She will truly be missed and loved forever.

Alvira is survived by her children: Burt (Bobbi) Shear of Pahrump NV, Bob Shear of Belle Fourche, Janet (Jim) Shevling of Spearfish, Jeral (Dianne) Shear of Belle Fourche; 23 grandchiuldren; 31 great grandchildren; and numerous great great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete in 1984; granddaughter, Cindy Shevling Myers; and 9 siblings: Helen, Dorothy, Reno, Grant, Laverne, Verla, Geraldine, Leone, and Mayda.

May God Bless the Memory of Alvira Shear.

Funeral Service

10:00 A.M. – Saturday – August 21, 2021

St. Janes Lutheran Church

Belle Fourche, South Dakota



Pastor Kari Webb


Special Music

“He Hideth My Soul”

“Be a Lamp for All My Days”

Pete Buer, soloist

Hymn – “The Old Rugged Cross”

Hymn – “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”

Paula Speidel, organist



Tim Fox      Jon Hauger     Lee Hodge

Toran Kopren     Bob Shevling     Jared Shear

Jeff Shear     Scott Shear     Scott Stearns



Pine Slope Cemetery

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

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Service Schedule

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Friday, August 20, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Mountain time)

Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills

715 National St, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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Funeral Service

Saturday, August 21, 2021

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