Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Benjamin David Gearhart

Benjamin David Gearhart, age 26, of Shelby, died unexpectedly, Friday, June 17, 2016 in Tooele, Utah.

Ben was born August 4, 1989 in Shelby. He attended Shelby City Schools and had been employed at Shelby Welded Tube. Ben was a serious follower and participant in motorsports. He raced in the WERA and AMA clubs winning a regional championship and many other podium places. He loved riding his numerous motorcycles and logged many, many miles on them, both at the track and with his dad. Ben was a talented guitar player, having played in the praise band at church, and loved all kinds of music. Ben was also gifted in mechanical drawing and designed motorcycle parts among other things. He had a passion for military aircrafts and, as a teenager, studied them endlessly. He enjoyed all the family pets that came into his life and had a beautiful smile.

Ben was adored by his family who will miss him very much. Survivors include: his mother and step father: Janis and Randy Howman of Crestline; his father and step mother: Woody and Bev Gearhart of Tennessee; a half-brother: Seth Howman of Crestline; a half-sister: Elizabeth Howman of Galion; 2 step brothers: Randy Howman II and Brent Cope; 2 step sisters: Alaina Winans and Brooke Steagall; maternal grandparents: David and Judy Kaylor of Tiro; step grandmother: Norma Jean Howman of Shelby; and aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, June 24, 2016 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11 AM with Pastor Jason Nelson, Pastor of Shelby Alliance Church, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Turner Funeral Home to help defray funeral expenses.
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  1. Wendy Daniel says:

    Alaina and family – thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours during the coming days. Know that I am thinking and praying for your comfort and peace since the unexpected loss of your brother.



  3. Doug friebel says:

    Janis, Randy, Elizabeth, Seth
    And the whole extended family.
    My most sincere condolences to each of you at this time. My prayers and thoughts are with you all
    God bless you and strengthen you

  4. Scott Nelson says:

    Gonna miss you big guy. Ride fast , take chances.

  5. Edna Karnes says:

    Dear Janice, Randy and family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Praying that you have many precious memories to get you through the coming days.

  6. Barbara nichols says:

    So sorrow for your lost.

  7. Kim Branham says:

    Alaina Winans & family
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your family. May God see you through these tough times. I love you and know that I am here for you!

  8. Jayme and Danny Kilgore says:

    Very sad and Sorry to hear of your loss! Prayers for your family,

  9. Joe & Judy Kleinknecht says:

    Janis and Randy, Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God bless.

  10. Ellen Haverfield says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your son, brother and grandson. I hope and pray that you feel the comfort that only God can give.

  11. Tom Adams says:

    David and Judy,
    So sorry for your loss.

  12. Ron and Marlene says:

    Woody and Bev. Our hearts are breaking for you and your family. We love u both so much. Sending you prayers of healing and know God is guiding him to his new journey.

  13. Ron and Marlene says:

    Woody and Bev. Our hearts are breaking for you and your family. Sending you prayers of healing and know God is guiding him to his new journey. Love and hugs

  14. Robert Leclair says:

    Oh no this is so sad ,, Ben was such a good person, this just further proves the good die young. Truly glad to have known you . So sorry for the family to have lost such a great person.

  15. Carrie Rabquer says:

    Gearhart Family,

    My deepest sympathy to you all. Ben was a co-worker of mine at Shelby Welded Tube. I am truly sorry I was unable to attend the services as I was away on vacation during this time.

  16. Amanda Brazeal (Snyder) says:

    Dear Janis, Randy, Dave and Judy,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, My prayers go out for peace and comfort for you all.

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