William Kitt Lear passed away peacefully on June 8, 2017 in Ontario, Oregon. He was born in Elko, Nevada on July 24, 1937 to Bill and Louise Lear. Kitt spent his life ranching beginning in Elko County, Nevada where his family ranched. He raised his family on the ranch in Currie, Nevada. His love of ranching was carried on in Unity, Oregon where he purchased a ranch in 2005 and moved his cows to their new home.
To say that Kitt lived through a great deal of change in ranching would be an understatement. But, he was always steady through hard work and perseverance.
In 2015, due to health issues, he sold the Unity Ranch. In 2016, he sold his beloved cow herd to a young rancher. While he was sad to see the”girls” go, he was thankful that his herd would be in good hands.
Kitt is survived by his children, Norman (Teresa), Round Mounrain, Nevada; Wynette (Mark) Beckett, Elko, Nevada; Sheri (John) Nalivka, Vale, Oregon; and Dana, Fairbanks, Alaska; his grandchilden, Valerie, Beau and Russell, Susie, Joe and Ross; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Kay (Kathy) and nephews Bill and Wyatt and niece, Mary Lou.
We invite you to join us in Elko, Nevada to say good-bye to Kitt, our father, grandfather, and friend and to celerate his life.
Graveside services will be June 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Elko Cemetery and will be followed by a celebration of life in the Elko City Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Northeastern Nevada Museum, 1515 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada; the Elko Cancer Network, PO Box 712, Elko, Nevada; or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Lienkaemper Funeral Home in Ontario, Oregon and Burns Funeral Home in Elko, Nevada.