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Gearhart , Ellis D. 58

Kittanning Township

Ellis D. "Dean" Gearhart, 58, of Kittanning Township, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. He was born June 21, 1953, in Smicksburg, a son of the late Edwin Gearhart and Edythe (Keller) Gearhart. Ellis retired from R&P Coal Co. and he also delivered the Leader Times and Sunday Tribune Review. A member of the United Mine Workers of America, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, reading and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Ellis is survived by his daughters, Christina McAninch, of Smicksburg, and Amanda Gearhart, of Yatesboro; fiancee, Chastity King, of Kittanning; brothers, Eugene Gearhart, of Virginia, Earl Gearhart, of Texas, Edwindale Gearhart, of Greenville, and Ellsworth Gearhart, of Greenville; sisters, Sharon Huffman, of Templeton, Lisa Banks, of Ford City, Shirley Deweese, of Greenville, and Ruth Gearhart, of Greenville; stepchildren, Haylie King, Kayla McGinnis and Logan McGinnis, all of Kittanning Township; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren, he raised Justine Wensel, of West Kittanning, and Nicole Lias, of Dayton; and close family friend, Lauren Rummel, of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Ellis was preceded in death by his brother, Brian Gearhart; sisters, Joyce Pearce, Janet Reed and Arlene Hazlett; and son-in-law, Junior McAninch. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Jim Edwards officiating. Interment at Kittanning Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kittanning Public Library, 280 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.

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