Evelyn M. Gearhart (1925 – 2017)

Evelyn M. Gearhart, age 91, of Edon, Ohio, died at 12:55 P.M. on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Hillside Country Living near Bryan, Ohio, where she was a resident.

Mrs. Gearhart spent most of her childhood on the family farm near of Metz, Indiana, and was a graduate of Metz High School. Following the death her father when she was ten years old, she spent many summers as a home worker to help the family out and later became a practical nurse and worked at Cameron Hospital in Angola, Indiana. For many years she worked along side her husband, Richard, as a secretary at Camel Farm Service until their retirement. She was a devoted member of the Edon Church of Christ, where she was a member of the choir and taught Sunday School, and a member of the Edon American Legion Post #662 Legion Auxiliary. She spent many years as volunteer nurse with Lake James Christian Assembly. Evelyn enjoyed her family and making her baked beans for family get-togethers, traveling and spending winters in Florida with her husband, golf and bowling.

Evelyn M. Gearhart was born on May 5, 1925, in Pleasant Lake, Indiana, the daughter of George Washington and Lena (VanPelt) Van Zile. She married Richard H. Gearhart on September 22, 1944, in Metz, Indiana, and he preceded her in death on August 30, 2003.

Survivors include two sons, Lon Gearhart, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Leon (Debbie) Gearhart, of Bryan; one daughter, Janet Gearhart, of Defiance, Ohio; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Orren (Helen) Van Zile, of Montpelier, Ohio; and one sister, Mary Lou Noll, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were three brothers, Edsel, Lorren and Berton Van Zile.

Visitation will be held in the Krill Funeral Home, 204 West Indiana Street, Edon, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Services will be held in the Edon Church of Christ on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor David LaDuke officiating. Visitation will also be held in the church for one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 A.M. Interment will follow in Edon

Memorials are requested to the Edon Church of Christ or to the Metz Church of Christ.

To sign the online register or to send condolences, please visit www.krillfuneralservice.com.

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