DAYTON, Ohio -- Herbert "Orby" Schear, former chairman and president of Liberal Markets, died here at the age of 89.
estern Ohio. Liberal was recognized as a pioneer in the supermarket industry, in part due to its innovations in meat merchandising, such as self-service meats.
A board member of the National Association of Food Chains and a founding member of Topco, Schear was one of five brothers who operated Liberal. He is survived by his wife, Blanche; his brother, Eugene; two daughters; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.