Richard E. Clear, Sr.

  • Born: August 8, 1943
  • Died: March 21, 2015
  • Location: West Milton, Ohio

Hale-Sarver Funeral Home

284 N. Miami St.
P.O. Box 9
West Milton, OH 45383
Tel. (937) 698-4422

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard E. Clear Sr., 71, of West Milton, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015. He was born August 8, 1943, in Dayton, to the late Francis Clear & Rose (Osborne) McQuary.

He leaves behind his longtime companion Nancy McAnespie; his children Richard Clear Jr. and wife Muriel Clear, Barbara Curry and husband Marcus Curry, Lisa Lawson and husband William Lawson, and Michael Clear; and many grandchildren.

Richard was a loving father who enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids, going with them to amusement parks, the circus, and movie theater.

Richard was a successful business man and dealt in rare used books and magazines. Richard started and owned the Dragon's Lair comic book store in Dayton for many years. When he moved to Tampa, Florida, he started and owned another comic book store called Merlin's Books. After he moved back to Ohio, he continued his business with an online store and wrote price guides on rare books and advertising, which were published by Collector's Books and sold nationwide. He will be greatly missed by many.

A time of gathering and visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of Richard Clear's passing. Spent many hours in Dragon's Lair as a teenager in the mid-70's, fighting over condition and prices of comics and books with him. He usually won. Godspeed.

Posted by J Scott Bowman - Acquaintance   July 15, 2020

I knew Richard for many years. Even though we often beat heads when bidding at auctions, I always considered him to be a friend. I will miss him. He was a "good guy". I did not know he had passed away until I ran across the auction ad. I wished I had known sooner as I would have wanted to say good by in person. We will miss you Richard. So long.
Denis Gasson

Posted by Denis Gasson - St. Marys, OH   October 05, 2015

I knew Richard as an astute and honorable colleague and a genuine and friendly person. He was always a pleasure to deal with -- knowledgeable, fair, easy-going. And yet even while he maintained his business, for far too many years, he battled one serious health challenge after another. He was forthright about his illnesses, but was never self-pitying. I learned from him as a colleague, but perhaps I learned more from him about being an indomitable presence in this world.

Posted by Rich West - Northampton, MA - Colleague and friend   August 15, 2015


I will greatly miss my father. He was a great and wonderful father to me, I could not of asked for better.

Posted by Lisa Lawson - daughter   March 29, 2015

We are so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. May God bring comfort and strength to his family and closest friends. He was a dear friend to the Alexander family and friend and business associate with David. May he rest in peace now and out of his pain and broken body.

Posted by Debbie Alexander - Tampa, FL   March 28, 2015

It was an honor knowing you! Rest in peace!

Posted by Theresa lawson    March 28, 2015


May you rest in peace while finding wonderment, entertainment and adventure in the next plane of existence.

Posted by Richard E Clear JR - Son   March 28, 2015