John Shear


Rev. Dr. John Robert Shear, 66, of St. Louis, MO, left us while surrounded by family on February 24, 2023 from Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer. He resided in the Soulard neighborhood with his wife where they enjoyed a lively community with their dog Duke.

He served in the Presbyterian Ministry for 28 years, specializing in young adult and youth development and was also Professor of Religious Studies in the bi-state collegiate areas. While in the ministry, his time was devoted to the growth of faith, student ministry, skilled preaching, detailed research, and passionate love. He is celebrated, loved and survived by his wife, Reverend Jackie K. Havis, his family of two children, Lauren Addison (John Addison) and Brian Shear (Christina Shear), six grandchildren, Corleone Johnson, Tai Edwards, Kaylee Shear, Sebastian Shear, Gianna Addison, and Xavier Addison, and his step children Joseph Havis (Jody Cox), Grace Havis (Adam Jones), Timothy Havis, and BethAnne Havis, and great-grandchild, Violet Havis. John was preceded in death by John's father and mother, Robert and Katherine Shear, and Gavin Addison.

We all know he loved golfing!!! He now has two strong legs and already has the best golf score he's ever had. We know he loved playing cards!!! He is the winner of every card game right now. As much as he was loved by the people of God, he was also loved by God and they all rejoice together now in heaven and on earth.

The visitation will be held on Monday, February 27, 2023 from 3:30-6:30p at John Calvin Presbyterian Church located at 12120 Bridgeton Square Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 11a at Third Presbyterian Church 1030 N 7th Street, Springfield, IL 62702.


John was always in pursuit of deepening his own education and sharing his curated knowledge with those around him. To him, education was freedom. Memorial donations will support individual scholarships for students in pursuit of higher education. Recipients will be selected through a written application process in early 2024. If you choose to contribute to the scholarship, please submit your donation via the provided envelope at the visitation or funeral service. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, please contact revdrshearscholarship@gmail.c…. Further information about this scholarship will be provided at a later date.