Dexter F. Gearheart 1935-2020

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Dexter F. Gearheart, 84, passed away Jan. 9, 2020.

He was born May 5, 1935, in Olive Hill, Ky., to parents Orville Paul and Lucy Caudill Gearheart.

In 2008, Dexter and his wife Carol moved to Clearwater from Warren. Dexter was a steelworker for Copperweld Steel and a member of the Old Erie Lodge No. 3 F&AM.

He was a strong and caring man, dedicated to his family. Dexter will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Carol Gearheart; his children, David (Laurie) Gearheart and Carol Stefanko; two brothers, Norman (Judy) and Phil (Annie); three sisters, Wilma (Bill) Thompson, Kathy (Tom) Gearheart and Polly (Randy) Pigott; his grandchildren, Rachel (Daniel) Bawor, Mary (Bryan) Edwards and Jennifer (Jason) Russo; and his great-grandchildren, Silas Bawor, McKenzie Bawor, Kevin Edwards, Issac Edwards, Riley Russo and Jax Russo.

Dexter was predeceased by his parents, Orville and Lucy; five siblings, Bethel Eugene, Herbert, Larry, Marjorie and Ruthie; and a grandchild, Christopher Coldewey.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Serenity Funeral Home in Largo, Fla. The family will also be hosting a lovely reception after the service for everyone to stay and tell stories about Dexter’s life.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in his honor by texting PFFTribute517 to 71777 or by visiting http://igfn.us/vf/ pfftribute/DexterGearheart.

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