Blair D. Gearhart

Blair D. Gearhart, 85, of Mahaffey, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, November 7, 2014, from Hillsdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hillsdale, Pa.

Blair was born on March 8, 1929, in Bell Township, Clearfield County, Pa.

He was the son of Albert Blair and Clara “Peggy” V. (Weaver) Gearhart.

Blair was a graduate of the Mahaffey High School.

He was a member of the former Susquehanna United Methodist Church and a current member of the Burnside United Methodist Church. Blair was active for many years as a Lay Speaker in the church, as well as being involved with the Lay Witness weekends at the church.

For almost forty years, Blair worked as a self-employed contractor, before retiring on March 9, 2005.

Over forty years ago, Blair helped organize the Mahaffey Scout Troop and became their first Scout Master. He was a member of the former Bell Twp. Grange.

One of his favorite pastimes was building radio-controlled airplanes. He loved to spend hours building these aircrafts. He belonged to the “Frequent-C-Fliers,” a club based in Glen Richey, Pa. that was dedicated to the pursuit of radio-controlled airplanes and their enthusiasts.

Blair married his wife, Mary G. (Solley) Gearhart, on December 24, 1948.

Blair was fond of saying that he was thankful to be married to the most beautiful, wonderful wife in the world, and, in his prayers, Blair would continually thank God for sending his son, Jesus, to die on the cross, so that he could have eternal life.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, of Mahaffey, Pa.; his four children, John Gearhart and wife Isabel of Mahaffey, Pa., Alice Ann Baker and husband Jeff of Philipsburg, Pa., Rev. Roy Gearhart and wife Janice of Franklin, Pa. and Jean Harkleroad of Mahaffey, Pa.; his eleven grandchildren, Shawn Gearhart and wife Tammy, Angie Renninger and husband Steve, Stacey Lasher, Shane Gearhart and fiancee Kristy Bialas, Adam Baker and wife Alyssa, Ben Baker and wife Charlie, Chad Baker and wife Haley, Bethany Gearhart, Emily Hill and husband Matt, Morgan Straw and husband Andrew and Anna Harkleroad; and his seven great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are his two sisters, Donna Gearhart and Rose Curry, both of Mahaffey, Pa.

Blair was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Blair D. “Buddy” Gearhart Jr. in 1962; his sister, Lou Ann Gearhart; and his brother-in-law, Jim Curry.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd. in Hillsdale, Pa.

Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at the Burnside United Methodist Church in Burnside, Pa., where an 11 a.m. funeral service will immediately follow the visitation. Pastor Doug Brink will officiate.

Interment will be at the Burnside Cemetery in Burnside, Pa.


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