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Charles Edward "Stick" Gearinger, 72

December 16, 2008

APRIL 8, 1936-DEC. 13, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. -- Mr. Charles Edward "Stick" Gearinger, 72, of Frederick, died Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Mary Ann Brush Gearinger, his wife of 48 years.

Born April 8, 1936, in Frederick, he was the son of the late Raymond and Florene Gearinger Kline.

He was a member of Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church.

Charlie spent most of his adult life in service to the public. He served as a volunteer with Hospice, and volunteered at Waverly Elementary School, working with the children and telling stories. He completed a two-year Bible course with Liberty University and was ordained as an independent Christian Clergy with World Christianship Ministries.

A veteran of the Korean War, he served with the U.S. Air Force.

Charlie, as Jeremiah Trees, dressed as a mountainman would travel far and wide telling stories of his adventures, and retelling of Indian Legends, in schools, Scout troops and Pow Wows. As Jeremiah, he also had a show on WFMD Sunday mornings for a couple of years in the 1990s. As Jeremiah Trees, Charlie was extremely proud to have been made an honorary member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe, based in Robeson County, N.C. He received this award because of his work on behalf of the Lumbees and Indians in general.

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Even in his death, Charlie continued to give of himself, as he had requested, his body was donated to Living Legacy. Mr. Gearinger was the last of his immediate family.

Surviving besides his wife at home, are two children, David Scott Gearinger and wife Sedija of Arkansas, and Autumn Beth Stitely and husband Todd of Boonsboro; five grandchildren, Danny Stitely, Rachael Stitely, Nicholas Gearinger, Holly Gearinger and Elvisa Dedich; he is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Gearinger is at the Robert E. Dailey & Son Funeral Homes, P.A., 1201 N. Market St., Frederick, where a visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church, 8 W. Second St., Frederick with his pastor Rev. George Earle Jr. officiating.

As per Charlie's and the family's request, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Centennial Memorial UMC, 8 W. Second St., Frederick, MD 21701 or to Waverley Elementary School, 201 Waverley Drive, Frederick, MD 21702.

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