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Thomas Gearhart

September 17, 1946 ~ October 24, 2019 (age 73)


Thomas L. Gearhart, 73, Silver Lake, Indiana, passed away tragically on October 24, 2019.  One of three children, Thomas was born on September 17, 1946 in Warsaw, Indiana, to Robert O. and Lois M. (Montel) Gearhart.


Thomas (Tom) graduated in 1964 and spent most of his years attending Silver Lake High School.  Six years later, he married his best friend, Elaine Shambarger.  She fondly remembers their marriage of 49 years before Tom’s passing.


Tom was a quiet man that led by example.  He taught his children the value of having a strong work ethic.  Tom relished the outdoors and improving his land.  He took great pride in what he had worked hard for.  For 25+ years, Tom worked for Pierceton Trucking until retiring in 2014.  However, he never truly retired.  He always found work to do.  


Tom attended Warsaw Community Church, Warsaw, Indiana and Bible Fellowship Church, Sebring, Florida during the winter months where he and Elaine spent time with friends and family. 


The loving memory of Thomas L. Gearhart will be forever remembered by his mother, Lois M. Gearhart, Warsaw; wife, Elaine Gearhart, Silver Lake; two sons, Todd (Jennifer) Gearhart, Claypool and Jason (Jennie) Gearhart, Westfield; one brother, Robert K. Gearhart, Silver Lake; one sister, Elaine K. (Dan) Drabenstot, Omaha, Nebraska; and five grandchildren, Traceson, Alexis, Cayden, Codey and Camryn Gearhart.  Tom was preceded in death by his father, Robert O. Gearhart, and sister-in-law, Pam Gearhart.


Family and friends may call Monday, October 28, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. with calling beginning at 10:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary.  Pastor Jeff Pfeifer will officiate.  Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 1013 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana.


For those who wish to honor the memory of Thomas L. Gearhart, memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, Virginia 22202.

To send flowers to Thomas' family, please visit our floral section.


October 28, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McKee Mortuary, North Manchester

October 29, 2019

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
McKee Mortuary, North Manchester

Funeral Service
October 29, 2019

10:30 AM
McKee Mortuary, North Manchester


The American Diabetes Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202

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