Charles Arthur “Bud” Dearing, age 71, of Harrisburg, passed away at 6:40 AM, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Bud was born on September 2, 1949 in Harrisburg to the late Roy and Kathleen (Rice) Dearing. He married Norma Pankey on December 3, 1993 and she survives in Harrisburg. Bud served his country in the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971. He worked as a welder working in mine construction. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather; known to his grand children and great grandchildren as “Papa Squeaky”. He was a former adult league softball player, diehard Chicago Cubs fan and spectator to them winning the 2016 World Series Championship. He also enjoyed Nascar Sundays.
Bud is survived by his wife, Norma Dearing of Harrisburg, three daughters, Kristy Wissinger and husband Alec of Thompsonville; Beth Pankey of Marion; and Tracy Hutchison and husband Joe of Harrisburg; six grandchildren, Kelsey Lukancic, Alyssa Riley and husband Carson, DJ Hutchison, Brooklyn Frailey, Cru Frailey, and Emmalyn Wissinger; five great grandchildren, Karson, Addie, Abel, Cayson, and Charlie Jo; three sisters, Judy Murphy and husband Bill of Carrier Mills; Katy Allen of Carrier Mills; and Kathy Guilermo of Chicago Heights; and several nieces and nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Dickie Joe Dearing.
Funeral services for Charles Arthur “Bud” Dearing will be held at 11 AM, Friday, November 20, 2020 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Connie Cavins and Rev. Scott Pilkington will officiate and burial will follow in Sunset Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 AM to 11 AM, Friday, November 20, 2020 at Reed Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Honor Flight and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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