Russell J. Gearheart

April 9, 2013

Russell J. Gearheart 56, of Frankfort, IN, died at 7:38 a.m. April 9, 2013 at Clinton House Health and Rehabilitation Center, following an extended illness. Born January 2, 1957 in Kirksville, Missouri to James E. & Betty L. (Clinton) Gearheart. A 1975 graduate of Frankfort High School, Russell lettered in tennis, basketball and golf. He attended Ball State University & William Penn College. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, was an avid golfer, chess player and I.U. basketball fan.


Visitation and Services

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Pastor Chuck Williams will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, April 12th from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Clinton County Humane Society or Clinton County YMCA Child Watch, envelopes will be available.

Survived by:

Mother: Betty Gearheart of Frankfort, Sister: Linda (Gordon) Gilmore of Frankfort, Nephews: Grant (Sarah) Gilmore and Grayden Gilmore, Niece: Cassidy Gilmore and Cousin: Zora Walling of Frankfort

Preceded by:

He is preceded in death by his father in 1987.


10 Condolences for “Russell J. Gearheart”

  1. Cara Vanderkolk April 11, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Russell was such a dear, sweet man. He will be missed by many…The family is in our thoughts and prayers. ~Tim and Cara (Hoyer) Vanderkolk

  2. Ruth Webb Stauffer April 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Remembering the good ol’ days at Frankfort Sr. High. You were one of the “good guys”. God speed Russell! Prayers go out to your family.

  3. Bill Clossin April 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Russ was part of a group of boys who all hung out at the Frankfort Country Club and who all played on the Hot Dogs golf team. We had a blast. He used to sing Elvis songs all the time, and we all remember his renditions of “I’m All Shook Up” – “Hound Dog” – and “In the Ghetto” just like it was yesterday. My sincere condolences to the Gearheart family. May you find comfort in the knowledge that such wonderful memories of Russ will live in the minds of many of us forever.

  4. Kathy Stevens Cook April 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    You kindness and laughter will never be forgotten. You touched so many lives and will be missed dearly. Come Monday Russ….Jimmy Buffett! 23 Years later and I still smile and think of you, every time I hear that song.
    Our Condolences to the Gearheart Family. May God ease the pain in your hearts.
    Kathy, Heather and Ryan

  5. Perry Norris April 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Like Bill Clossin, the Frankfort Golf Team is where I knew Russell. Although he will be remembered for his goofy ‘Elvis’ impersonations, he had a competitive side to him about the team. He hit some pretty impressive shots out there at FCC. He wanted to win just as much as the rest of us did. It was a special group of boys and Russell was certainly one of us. God Bless you Russell. Our hearts go out to you and yours.
    Perry Norris

  6. Larry Adamson April 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    To Russell’s family:

    So sorry to learn of Russell’s passing. I well, very well remember Russell from his days as a member of the Frankfort basketball and golf teams…he was a fine man and I was fortunate to know and have the opporunity to be a part of the programs he participated in….my family sends our sympathies….

    Larry Adamson, Franklin,TN

  7. Melissa Carey April 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Russ was a wonderful person. I enjoyed taking care of him at dialysis. He made each day an experience. I was so excited when he came back to Frankfort. I will miss him dearly. He was a very fun and loving man. Dialysis won’t be the same without him. Betty, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. My dearest sympathy goes out to you all. I will not be able to make it to either the visitation due to working in Lafayette on Friday and dialysis on Saturday. You all will be in my thoughts.

  8. Michael Smith April 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I had the pleasure to get to know Russ as a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity Brother. I appreciated how unique Russ was and you always seemed to smile wen you were around him. He walked in no ones path he made his own. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends who loved Russ. I will miss Russ…..mizpah

  9. Carl Fox April 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I really enjoyed being Russell’s golf caddy. We always had fun together. I have such fond memories of the many hours we played basketball and chess together. He was a great person to have on your team and I was glad to have him as a groomsman at my wedding. My condolences to Mrs. Gearheart and Linda.

  10. Jeff and Shiela Sharp April 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Grew up with Russ… Didn’t know he was ill.. Tough one.. Jeff Sharp

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