John Gearhart
1937 - 2016
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John E. Gearhart
Renaissance man, visionary and true gentleman, John E. Gearhart departed this world for Heaven on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
John was born February 19, 1937 in York, the son of the late J. Edward and Florence R. (Markle) Gearhart. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce E. (Stough) Gearhart; daughter, Denise A. (Gearhart) Wolf and husband D. Shawn Wolf of Myersville, Md.; son, Eric Jon Gearhart and wife Kim of Mt. Wolf; 11 grandchildren and their spouses: Ryan and Annalise Wolf, Paul and Lauren (Wolf) Futch, Connor Wolf, Alexander, Kennedy, Pierce, Garyn and Delaney Gearhart, and Sarah, Justin and Lauren Williamson.
He played the clarinet in the high school band, was on various community basketball and baseball teams, worked at his father's store, Lincoln Grocery, and Fischer's Meat Market. He graduated from William Penn High School in 1955. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
John was the former campaign chairman of Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fundraising campaign, past member of the York Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lancaster.
A past member of the York Alliance Church, York, John served for a number of years as Sunday school teacher, board member and board president and played on the church softball and basketball teams. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of York.
He loved playing Monopoly (aka "The Monopoly King"), Scrabble, Dominos, basketball and softball with his children and grandchildren. He was the former owner of the old York County Prison, with various plans for the building, including a Monopoly themed hotel, restaurant and water park.
John was co-founder, vice president and treasurer of Imperial Remodeling Contractors, Inc. for 32 years. He renovated the first house for the "Back to City Project" in the city of York. John was a longtime board member of the Christian School of York for 16 years, serving as treasurer and vice president, the last three years as president. He served on the board of Chapel Pointe Retirement Center, Carlisle, for 14 years, the last three years as president. John was president and co-owner of S.U.E. Inc. - Strasburg Country Store & Creamery and Strasburg Village Inn, Strasburg, Pa. for 20 years and president of WideWorld.Net, Lancaster, for 10 years.
Celebration of Life service will be held at the York Alliance Church, 501 Rathton Road, York, PA 17403, on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Family greeting time will begin at 1:30 p.m. Family will arrive at 1:35 p.m., in keeping with true Gearhart tradition…talk amongst yourselves.
Memorial contributions can be sent to special needs endeavors: Rock Creek School, 191 Waverley Drive, Frederick, MD 21702 (, in honor of John's grandson, Connor Wolf, and Jessica & Friends Community, 218 Dew Drop Road, York, PA 17402 (

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Published in York Daily Record on Sep. 7, 2016.
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April 10, 2018
My heart mourns with Mrs Gearhart, Denise and Eric. So sorry for your loss. Mr Gearhart is the one who handed me my diploma when I graduated high school. I will always remember him as kind and smart with a sharp wit. He leaves a shining legacy. Ps. 112:6
September 13, 2016
Joyce, Denise, Eric and families,
So sorry for the loss of husband, father and grandfather in your lives. I have fond memories of fun family times together while we were growing up. May the memories you all share bring comfort in the days ahead.
Kim Opperman
September 8, 2016
I knew John only the last few years of his life. I saw him as a caring and personal man.
Gerri Lehman
September 7, 2016
I am very sorry to learn about the passing away of your loved one. My sincere condolences are with the family and friends. May God's word found in Hosea 13:14 brings comfort and strength to you all.
September 7, 2016
Rosie & I are so sorry for your loss. I have many memories that I look back on so often. John was a great influence in my life. It was special working with him at CSY for so many years. God Bless you.
Bill & Rosie McDaniel
September 7, 2016
Bill & Rosie McDaniel
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