Arby Gearhart, July 4, 1963 — Aug. 9, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013 | 3:40 p.m. CDT; updated 4:10 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 10, 2013

COLUMBIA — Arby Gearhart, 50, of Columbia, MO passed away August 9, 2013.

He was born July 4, 1963, in Chester, IL to the late John and Glenda (O’Dell) Gearhart.

Arby married Maria Ratcliff in Columbia on October 9, 1994 and she survives.

In addition to his loving wife, Arby is survived by his children: David Ratcliff (Jackie) and Donald Frazee (Celena); siblings: Mary DeClue (Randy), Rose Brooks (Randy), Debrah Laughlin (Leroy) and John Gearhart; grandchildren: Rasahae Cline, Dolores Ratcliff, Jamie Ratcliff, and Emma Frazee.

He was preceded in death by one brother, David O’Dell, two nephews, Tate and Benjamin DeClue, and his parents.

Arby worked and volunteered at the University Hospital for 13 years.

There will be a Celebration of Life from 1:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at the University Hospital, Rm. GL/11.

Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network.

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