COLCHESTER — Rodney Max Mears, 84, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2015. He was born in Colchester to Max and Doris (Mills) Mears. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Jean (Buker); his daughters, Donna-Lyn ‘DL’ Mears and Sue-Ellen Mears Miller; son-in-law Michael Miller; and grandchildren Cole Byrd, Isaiah Fosque, and Hailey Miller. He was predeceased by his daughter, Leigh-Ann Mears Byrd.

Rod grew up in Milton, graduated from Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans and played baseball at the University of Vermont before joining the Air Force. After 20 years of service in military police, he joined the U.S. Customs. His work allowed him to travel the world and be a part of many undercover operations for which he received commendations. When not traveling for work, Rod was active in his church and community. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and dedicated public servant.

The family will receive visitors at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 524 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. A celebration of Rod’s life will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 1 p.m. at St Thomas Episcopal Church, 233 Mann Dr, Chesapeake, followed by a graveside service at the Horton Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Rd, Suffolk, where he will rest in honor.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rod’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at