Thomas Nelson Gearhart Sr., age 90, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away peacefully with his loving wife at his side on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon.
He was born in Wheatland, Wyoming to W. Thomas and Rachel E. (Nelson) Gearhart on Tuesday, January 17, 1928. A child of the Depression Era, he learned from his mother to be both frugal and happy. After high school, he joined the United States Army in September of 1946 and served in Japan for 14 months.
He married the love of his life, Glyda Lebsack, in Wheatland, Wyoming on May 20, 1951. It was easy to see that his every desire was to create a good life for her and the two sons that followed. He would often say “family was the most important thing in life”.
He worked in the retail grocery store trade for most of his life, climbing the ladder to manager very quickly. Tom and Glyda traveled extensively and enjoyed visiting many interesting places near and far. “Work hard, play hard.” Then at an age when many men retire, he started a fifteen year career as a clerk at the Adam’s County Treasurer Office until he retired at the age of 80. Retirement did not sit well with Tom, so he went back to work for a time with the Colorado Highway Toll Booths before truly retiring and moving to Canyonville, Oregon in 2009.
Tom lived life with a grateful attitude which was contagious.
He is survived by his beautiful wife, Glyda; two sons, Thomas Nelson Gearhart Jr. (Teresa) and William Bret Gearhart (Stephanie); 13 grandchildren; and 31 great grandchildren. He was a wonderful example and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2956 South Road, Wheatland, Wyoming. There will also be a visitation held Friday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. at the Gorman Funeral Homes-Platte Chapel, 1108 Ninth Street, Wheatland, Wyoming. He will be interred in the Wheatland Cemetery.
The Gorman Funeral Homes–Platte Chapel of Wheatland, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com