Joseph Patrick Dearing

March 18, 1937July 16, 2013

Joseph Patrick Dearing “Joe” or “Pat” Joseph Patrick Dearing, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at his home. He was born March 18, 1937 in Gettysburg, PA to the late Marie Isabella (Howard) Dearing and Frank William Dearing, of Washington, VA; and preceded in death by his brother, Paul Francis Howard. He was a graduate of Gettysburg High School, class of 1957. Patrick served in the Air Force Security Services, NSA, 6889 RSM, and was stationed in Turkey and Japan. Patrick retired from the former Bethlehem Steel, Steelton, PA, with 32 years of service. He was also an agent with the former Crone Real Estate Agency. Patrick was a member of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He was an inactive member of the Prince Hall Mason Chosen Friends Lodge. Patrick was one of the original founding members of the Harrisburg Gourmet Club. He loved to cook, camp, and travel. He was a sponsor member of the Central PA Friends of JAZZ since the inception. Patrick is survived by his wife of 14 years, Shirley A. Dearing; sons, David Kevin Dearing, of Fayetteville, NC and Michael E. Dearing, (Jackie Wiley-Dearing), of Harrisburg; and their mother, Precious Carothers, of Hershey; grandchildren, Jordan D. White, Schucara Dearing, Ashley M. Dearing, Alyssa N. Dearing, and Brittany Dearing; a surrogate son, Robert Penn, (Ines), of Allentown; a host of nieces and nephews; 5 great-grandchildren; and his Rottweiler puppy, Falco. He also leaves behind a brother, Frank W. Dearing, (Sandy); and 2 sisters, Regina Williams and Patricia Johnson, all of York. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice for their support. I would like to thank the family and friends at Jimmy’s The Hot Dog King for their thoughts, prayers and support during this trying time. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Saturday July 20, 2013 in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 2121 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Private burial will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, July 19, 2013 in the Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church, 2121 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 17110, or Central PA Friends of JAZZ, 5721 Jonestown Rd, Harrisburg, 17112, or Central PA Hospice, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, 17110.


  • Visitation Friday, July 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 20, 2013

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William Foutres

July 22, 2013

Joe, a friend and longtime customer, will be sorely missed by everyone at Jimmy The Hot Dog King. Our deepest sympathies to you, Shirley and family. May his memory be eternal. Prayers and GOD'S blessing to comfort you .

Louann Speese Stanley

July 19, 2013

Prayers are sent to comfort you in this time of sorrow. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate his life.

Jessie Smith

July 19, 2013

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Pat was a wonderful person and cousin; always thoughtful and kind to all. He was a class act and one hard to follow. He will surely be missed. May the good Lord wrap his ever-loving arms around you and the family and comfort you in your time of sorrow and need.
Rogers, Jessie Smith and Family (Gettysburg, PA)


July 19, 2013

Shirley and the Dearing family
my deepest condolences in the passing of joe. what a wonderful man and great co worker for some 30 yrs. i know he loved his family very much. there should be more people like Joe in the world like Joe because it would be a better place. the Lord has a special place for him. God bless you

Cecelia Baker

July 19, 2013

Dear Shirley,
You both were nice to see on Sunday mornings at Our Lady's. I often wondered what happen to you two I'm so sorry for your loss. Your husband was a kind and thoughtful man. May God give you the blessings and strength to continue on.

jana crone-wolfgang

July 18, 2013

Joe was such an honorable man. It was privilege to know him. Rest in peace.

Rob & Ines Penn

July 18, 2013

To Our Family,
His body is no longer here but his spirit will be with us always!
I am sorry about the loss of uncle Pat! Uncle Pat always had a kind word and a smile for us...
May you be wrapped in God's embrace and find comfort in His Love at this difficult time!
We also loved uncle Pat so very much. Bob and I and the puppies will miss him!! R.I.P. Uncle Pat!!

July 18, 2013

Thoughts are with your family. Joe was a great comfort to my own family when my father, Chester Crone, past away.

Tina Crone

Sonia Colon

July 18, 2013

My heartfelt condolensces to the entire Dearing Family. I knew Pat from Jimmy's, as I was a former employee, back in 1984. As an ongoing customer, I would still see him and it was nice to reminisce on old times. May God give you all strength to handle his passing; blessings for all!!

July 18, 2013

To the family of JOSEPH PATRICK DEARING I send my condolences for your lost. During this difficult time I hope you draw comfort from the GOD of comfort.ISAIAH 61,1,2.

Ms Carruth