Danny Mears

March 21, 1975 - June 27, 2005


     It is my sad duty today, June 28th, 2005, to announce that Danny Mears is no longer with us.  Danny was a national champion hillclimber, and a valued friend and competitor in the upper Midwest.

     Cards can be sent to Red & Bev Mears (Danny's parents) at RR 1, Maiden Rock, WI 54750.

Here's Danny's obituary:

     Dan Mears, age 30 of Maiden Rock, died Monday, June 27, 2005 at his home. He was born on March 21, 1975 in Red Wing, Minnesota the son of Red and Beverly (Davis) Mears. Dan graduated from Plum City High School in 1993. He worked as a diesel mechanic and supervisor for Wieser Concrete Products, and operated his own business, Mears Custom Repair. On March 20, 1999, Dan married Tammy Holden at the English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth. He was an avid motorcycle hillclimber with several national titles. Motorcycles were his life. Dan is survived by his wife, Tammy of Maiden Rock; daughter, MaKayla; parents, Red and Beverly Mears of Maiden Rock; brother, Eric Schwan and wife, Sandy of Ellsworth; sister, Lori Apfel and husband, Jerry of Maiden Rock; nephew, John Schwan; niece, Kathryn Ableidinger of Parris Island, South Carolina; grandmother, Mary Sue Davis of Stockholm; and many more relatives and friends. Preceding Dan in death were his grandparents, Ben and Elizabeth Mears and John W. Davis. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 11 am at the Lund Mission Covenant Church with the Reverend Al Esken officiating. A Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock, and for 1 hour before the service on Friday at the church. Interment will be in the Stockholm Cemetery. Pallbearers are Rob Redman, Ryan Peterson, Tony Hanvold, Shawn Gibbson, Dick Rohl, and Jake Frion. Memorials may be directed to Suicide Prevention. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.

A note from the family:

     The family of Dan Mears would like to thank his Hillclimbing family for all of the love and support you’ve shown us through this difficult time.  We really do appreciate it and you.  A special thank you to Rob Redmann for organizing and orchestrating, and all of you who participated, in the “Motorcycle Salute” at the cemetery.  It was very special and we know that Dan would have thought it pretty cool.  We also appreciate Rob Redmann and Ryan Peterson for being pall bearers. We’re sure those of you that went to the cemetery noticed that Dan is now at the “Top of the Hill” for eternity, as is only appropriate.  All of us, and you too, are going to miss Dan terribly.  Just remind yourselves, as we will, that he really isn’t gone since his spirit will live forever in our hearts and memories.  All of you can count on him cheering for you as you continue with your climbing.  Once again, we, Dan’s family, thank you all for everything.  You’ve helped us tremendously.

Rob Redmann has had some stickers made in remembrance of Danny, and is selling them at district 16 and 23 events...or, give him a call at 507-254-7522 to see about getting some. All of the proceeds will go to Danny's daughter MaKayla, perhaps in a college fund or a CD or something.