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Richard Louis Gearhart

Richard Louis Gearhart, of Heritage Village in Gerry, passed away peacefully at the age of 85, on July 20, 2022. He was the son of the late Isaac Franklin Gearhart Sr. and Nettie Mae (Rhoads) Marsh. Richard was born in Buffalo, New York on July 27, 1936.

He is survived by his daughter, Sally (Gearhart) Pappas of Eagle Mountain, Utah, and grandchildren, Tessie Burningham of Salt Lake City, Utah and Dylan Burningham of Saratoga Springs, Utah. He was survived by numerous nieces and nephews as weII. His niece, Donna (Dale) Snyder of Randolph, NY was an integral part of his life when he returned to New York State.

Richard was predeceased by two brothers, Isaac Franklin Gearhart, Jr., Robert Lee Gearhart. and one sister, Bessie Mae (Gearhart) Hyatt.

Richard was a well-traveIed man. His journeys took him to multiple locations within the United States.

His years in the Army took him to Alaska, Asmara, Eritrea and Ethiopia. While serving his country he specialized in eIectronic warfare equipment repairs. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he worked for the Air Force, as a civilian, performing maintenance and repairs on jet engines.

Although family was important to him, he also treasured solitude. HB liked to talk of the years he spent living in a tent. walking seven miles to town, and panning for gold in California. He enjoyed sharing stories of his service years.

He was an avid video gamer, loved country music, war and cowboy movies. playing the guitar, and the "girls" at the Randolph Manor who took such good care of him. Until his health began to decline, he looked forward to the many family and holiday gatherings. He especially liked going out to breakfast and would often bring back treats to "his girls" at the Manor.

As per Richard's wishes, there will be no service.

Arrangements entrusted to DiStasio Funeral Home Inc. South Dayton, NY


A candle was lit in memory of Richard Gearhart

LINDA Jul 25 2022 10:21 AM

Uncle Richard was a very complex man. I have several vivid memories from my growing years, especially our shopping trip to buy my wedding shoes. Don't get him started on politics! He could really get fired up. Family gatherings tended to overwhelm him as they could get quite noisy and crazy. He would sit, from a short distance, and observe, saying little at the time.. However, on the way home, when it was with just one or two, he could talk your ear off. His time as a resident at Randolph Manor was special to him. The staff there took wonderful care of him and always took the time to visit with him and listen to his myriad stories. He liked sharing treats with them and would often gift for special occasions occurring in "his girls" lives. He will be missed. RIP Uncle Richard

Donna Elaine Snyder Jul 22 2022 11:30 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Gearhart

Donna Elaine Snyder Jul 22 2022 11:05 AM

I am sorry for the loss of Richard. I enjoyed his stories about his life. When I would take him his medicine he would always offer me a piece of candy. Richard lived the letters his niece sent him and would always share them with me.
I pray for comfort for all his friends and family.

Anne Jul 22 2022 7:27 AM

Richard was a wonderful soul, soft spoken Gentleman and I will miss our chats and his Jokes he shared that Donna sent him. RIP Richard

Deb Szymanski Jul 21 2022 9:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Gearhart

Dan & Bette DiStasio Jul 21 2022 1:12 PM