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Robert Paul Gearhart

April 4, 1929 — August 5, 2021

FLINTON, PA – Mr. Robert Paul Gearhart, (Bob) 92 of Flinton, Pa., formerly of Hagerstown, MD., passed away Thursday August 5, 2021, at Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Born April 4, 1929, in Hagerstown, MD., he was the son of the late Harry Paul and Mable Marie Gearhart. He was the devoted husband of the late Joan Gearhart.

Mr. Gearhart retired from Mack Truck, Hagerstown in 1989.

He was of Brethren faith. He was an avid lover of the water and mountains. He enjoyed swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, water skiing, and hunting. He loved playing his harmonica and singing his favorite Roy Acuff songs.

Corporal Robert Gearhart received an Honorable Discharge from the US Army in April of 1950. He was a member of the YMCA, which he served as the swim coach and diving coach in the 1960’s. He was also the swim coach of Northwood Swimming Pool in 1970’s. He assisted with the 4-H Rifle Club in the 80’s. He was a member of Alexandria Sportsman Club in Alexandria, PA. Bob served as an ATV Safety Instructor at Glendale Year Around in the 90’s. He was a member of the NRA and of Glendale Lake Sailing Club. Bob was known for his kindness and generosity in helping others.

He is survived by his daughter Anita R. Bussard, son in law, John of West Virginia, daughter in law, Jamie Gearhart of Smithsburg, MD, one brother, Mitchell Gearhart and sister- in - law Beverly of Hagerstown Maryland, two sisters, Mevis Shatzer and brother-in-law, Donald of Hagerstown, MD., and sister Mary Elgin of Florida; one grandson, Lt. Colonel Joshua J. Smith and wife, Candice of North Carolina; and two great grandsons, Joshua J. Smith II and Jonah J. Smith and one great granddaughter, Magdalene Smith of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan Ruth Gearhart whom he married Feb. 17, 1951, and one son, Robert D. Gearhart and brother, brother-in-law, George R. Funkhouser, B.S., M.D., F.A.C.R. and granddaughter, Wendi Lyn Gearhart.

Funeral Services and internment will be held privately at Rest Haven Funeral Home and Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Family and friends would like to thank Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Altoona, PA for the loving care they provided for Robert (Bob) Gearhart.

Online condolences can be made at

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Activities Fund, in Memory of Robert P. Gearhart, 700 S. Cayuga Ave., Altoona, PA. 16602 or to the American Lung Association,
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