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Marlin Jeffrey Wear

April 18, 1965 — April 10, 2021

Marlin J. Wear age 55, passed away on April 10, 2021 at his home in Gibbon, Nebraska surrounded by his family and friends after a long battle of illness.

Marlin was born April 18, 1965 in Gothenburg, Nebraska to Estel and Sharon (Griffis) Wear.

He grew up in and around Gothenburg until his freshman year of high school. He then attended Culbertson High School graduating with the class of 1984. While attending Culbertson High, he excelled in Track and Football giving him recognition as an All American High School Football Player for three years consecutively. He was always so proud of that, being his greatest accomplishment.

After high school Marlin worked for several trucking companies as a truck driver. Marlin would take a break from driving doing odds and ends kind of work, but he always found himself back in the truck where he was the most happy.

Marlin was an avid Nebraska Husker fan, he also enjoyed video gaming, and spending time with family and friends.

He would let kids of all ages apply make-up on him, and many other girly things because he knew that made them happy. It was nothing to see him on the floor with the kids playing games, wrestling around or spending many hours putting together doll houses for Hannah or anything else that was on the Honeydew list. He also enjoyed riding 4-wheelers (riding but mostly driving) motorcycles and shooting blue rock.

He always felt that his other accomplishments were the birth of his son, Jeffrey in August of 1991, and then the birth of his daughter, Hannah in October of 1997.

On April 24, 2008, he married the love of his life Marlena Barnes, in a civil ceremony in McCook, Nebraska. After the marriage they then drove to Kearney, with license in hand and went to Nikki’s house then out to Old Chicago to celebrate.

Since their union, on November 4, 2017, he had the honor of walking his daughter down the aisle and he felt like a very proud papa, also there have been seven grandchildren born; Jayden, Tanner and LexiAnn Barnes, Landon Coakley, Elijah, Jaxson, and Harper Barnes, as well as Zachary Barnes and Mason Bales before their union.

He is survived by his wife, Marlena of Gibbon; children, Hannah (Tyler) Green of Gothenburg, Josh (Rawnie) Barnes of Mullen, Nikki (Shea) Coakley, of Kearney, Trevor Barnes, of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Brandon (Jill Hoffmaster) Barnes of Lexington; along with his mother, Sharon Friesenborg of Gothenburg; siblings, Milton (Sheila) Wear, Mike Wear, both of Gothenburg, Estel Wear Jr. and Kimberly Wear, both of Hastings; as well as many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey; dad, Estel Wear, Sr.; mother-in-law, Renee Botts; cousin, Kathy Larsen; grandparents and other family and friends as well.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington with Pastor Steve Shanno, officiating. The family requests casual or Husker attire. The Memorial Service will be live streamed via the Reynolds Love Facebook page.

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Service Schedule

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Starts at 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home

106 W 8th St, Lexington, NE 68850

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