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R. Denning Gearhart


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R. Denning Gearhart Obituary
R. Denning Gearhart, 67, of Clearfield died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 at Penn Highlands Clearfield.

He was born July 17, 1951 in Clearfield, a son of Dorothy L. (Long) Byers of Clearfield and the late Oden D. Gearhart Jr.

Denning was a 1969 graduate of the Clearfield High School, where he served as senior class president. He then graduated in 1973 from Eisenhower College and started his volunteerism with the Peace Corps from 1973-1974.

Afterward, Denning enrolled and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1977. Upon his graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge John Reilly for one year. He successfully passed his board exams and started practicing law in Clearfield from 1978 until his retirement.

He was a life-long member of the St. John Lutheran Church, Clearfield. He was a past member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 540, Clearfield, and served as a member and past president with both the Clearfield school board and the Clearfield Area Agency on Aging.

Denning served on the Easterseals Disability Services Board and won the Easterseals Gallantry Award in October of 1978. He also spear-headed projects for Americans with Disabilities.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and had a real joy for the Clearfield County Fair and politics. He was an active part of the Clearfield County political scene.

Baseball was near-and-dear to Denning, and he coached local senior league baseball. He was an ardent fan of his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, traveling for over 20 years to watch spring training games in Bradenton, Fla.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two children, Samuel D. Gearhart and his wife, Olivia and Lydia Gearhart; two brothers, Dan E. Gearhart and his wife, Betsy and William H. 'Willie' Gearhart and his wife, Gigi, both of Clearfield; two sisters, Betsy A. Guthrie and her husband, Randall of Mineral Springs and Carrol S. Davis and her husband, Gary of Spring Grove; a brother-in-law, Jim Graham of Aurora, Colo.; and a close friend, Dori Pickens.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra L. Graham; a niece, Jennifer Gearhart; a great-nephew, Jacob Guthrie; and a step-father, William Byers.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. John Lutheran Church, Clearfield, with the Rev. Robert J. Way officiating.

Friends will be received from 12 p.m. until the time of services at the church.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Easterseals Disability Services, Six Parkway Center, Suite 150, 875 Greentree Road Pittsburgh, PA 15220, and St. John Lutheran Church, 217 E. Pine St., Clearfield, PA 16830.

The Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield, is in charge of arrangements.

To sign the online guestbook, go to www.beardsleyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Gant Daily from Dec. 12 to Dec. 15, 2018
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