William Jacob Gearhart, 88

August 21, 2010
  • William Jacob Gearhart, 88

FEB. 4, 1922-AUG. 19, 2010

William Jacob Gearhart, 88, of 335 N. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Somerford Assisted Living.

He was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Hagerstown, Md.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances H. Gearhart.

He was a member of the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

His hobbies were gardening and his workshop.

He is survived by one daughter, Margaret Benner, and husband, Mike, of Hagerstown; one son, William Gearhart, and wife, Sylvia, of Halifax, Pa.; one stepson, Thomas Diffendal, and wife, Marilyn, of Detroit, Mich.; one sister, Laura Griffith of Hagerstown; three grandchildren, Todd Gearhart of Dauphin, Pa., Erin Gearhart of Camp Hill, Pa., and Bradley Gearhart of Halifax, Pa.; one great-grandson, Jadon Gearhart; and one niece, Pat Francis of Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Carol F. Gearhart; and one sister, Margaret Myers.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Edward L. Poling will officiate. Burial will be in Brownsville Cemetery in Brownsville, Md.


Family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 1 to 2 p.m.

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