William A. Gearhart Jr.

January 26, 1926 ‒ September 18, 2018

Johnstown, Ohio

William A. Gearhart Jr. age 92 of Johnstown passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

He was born on January 26, 1926 in Marietta to the late William Sr. and Helen (Anker) Gearhart. Upon graduating from Cleveland East Technical High School in 1943 he entered the US Army Air Corp, serving with the 457th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force. As a B-17 bottom ball turret gunner, he flew 28 successful missions.

Returning home he worked with the Federal Government as a civil servant in several capacities before retiring from the Newark Air Force Station in 1983. He was a charter member of the Johnstown Independent Baptist Church, a 32nd degree Mason,  a past master of the Attica Masonic Lodge #367 F&AM. He achieved membership in the 32nd degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons  where he was a long time member. Proud of his service to our country William was honored to represent World War II veterans during the 2017 Sunbury Fourth of July Parade.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years: Leona (Nigh); daughters: Julie (Bill) Kirk, Shirley (Norm) Sloan, Sr. all of Columbus; son Gary (Judi) Gearhart Sr. of Port Clinton, 7 grandchildren: Daniel (Trish) Kirk, Tiffany (Alex) Zill, Norman (Karen) Sloan, Jr., Marcia (Mike) Given, Hannah (Brian) Leaf, Robert Sloan, Sr., Gary (Cori) Gearhart, Jr., 19 great-grandchildren, and a dear first cousin Jerry Gearhart.

Friends may call from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Monday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St Rt 3 at St Rt 61 in Sunbury, where services will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Center Lodge #86 of Johnstown F.& A.M performing masonic service and  Rev. Dan Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in Brokensword Cemetery near Bucyrus.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I am so sorry that Jerry and I could not attend the services. We both loved Billy. I loved hearing all his stories. He always made me laugh. May he Rest In Peace. My prayers are with his family. Gayle

  • Mrs. Gearhart, Cliff and I would like to say how sorry we were to hear about your husbands passing. He was a very sweet man who always had a joke or two to tell ya. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.
    If we can help just give us a ring. Julie has our phone number.
    We think of you often.
    Love you, Cathy Scoggin-York & Cliff York