Dr. Frank Wilson Gearing Jr.

February 3, 1919February 18, 2013

Dr. Frank Wilson Gearing, Jr. died Monday, February 18, 2013 at Emeritus of Harrisonburg. He was 94 years old. Dr. Gearing was born Feb. 3, 1919, in Richmond, VA, and was the son of Dr. and Mrs. F. W. Gearing, Sr. of Woodstock, VA, where he grew up. Dr. Gearing was a graduate of Massanutten Military Academy, Catholic University, and the Medical College of Virginia. Following service at the Pentagon in the United States Army, he returned to Woodstock where he joined his father in the General Practice of Medicine. Dr. Gearing became a Board Certified Radiologist at the UVA School of Medicine in 1958 and moved to Harrisonburg joining Dr. Mac Carter in the practice of radiology at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, where he worked until retirement in 1971. Dr. Gearing served on the board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield for 5 years, President of RMH Medical Staff, Chair of American Cancer Society, and Board member of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Library. He took great pride in establishing a relationship with UVA radiation oncology to provide local treatment for cancer patients in Harrisonburg. Dr. Gearing, in addition to his medical practice was an accomplished musician, playing saxophone and clarinet in dance bands up and down his beloved Shenandoah Valley in his youth; while living in Woodstock he organized a community orchestra. His most recent group was the Massanutten Sympathy Boys, that he delighted in and enjoyed until he was 91. Dr. Gearing is survived by his wife, Mary Chesnut of Massanutten. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary C. Gearing, his parents, and his two brothers, John and Edward. He is survived by a son, Dr. F. W. Gearing, III, and his wife, Jean, of Harrisonburg, a daughter, Mary C. Gearing of Woodstock; grandchildren, include Brian Gearing and wife, Janneke; Katherine Sorensen and husband, Reed; Ned Gearing and wife, Alexis; Scottie Gearing; Elizabeth Gearing and partner, Michael; and Raymond Foster and wife, Julia; great-grandchildren include Jackson, Luc, Madison, Asher, Robert, Silas, and Keely; he is survived by many nieces and nephews; step-children include Meg and Kent James and family, and Bud and Debbie Titloe and family. The family will receive friends at the home of Dr. Frank Gearing, III, on Thursday, from 6:30-8:30 pm. A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 AM, Friday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Harrisonburg with private graveside service following at Woodbine Cemetery. As a supporter of many charities, Dr. Gearing would be honored by a contribution to the charity of one’s choice. Lindsey Funeral Homes and Crematory is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Visitation Thursday, February 21, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 22, 2013

Dr. Frank Wilson Gearing Jr.

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Nancy Armstrong

February 24, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary, and your family. I knew your very nice father in law as a child in the 1950s because he was our doctor.. My adopted parents were Lawrence and Millie Bowman who lived in Maurertown.

February 23, 2013

Was so sorry to read about Dr. Gearing. He was a good friend to my father and they played music together. My father would call his father when I was little and too sick to go to school. His father was a wonderful Dr. and Dr. Frank jr. took after him. I remember telling my father, that I only wanted Dr. Gearing Sr. or Jr. They were the best! Before starting the 1st grade, I had to be vaccinated and my father took me to Dr. Gearing jr. and I knew everthing would be okay. I was right, he didn't even bring a tear to my eyes. He told me I was such a good girl and he was going to give me two lollipops and to pick the color I wanted. I remembered picking the green and purple. When I left there, I felt like a big girl and I was going to school! He had a wonderful way with all of his patients! Many people in the Shenadoah Co. Va. thought the world of him!

My prayers go out to the family. friends and the patients he treated. We were blessed to have such a wondrful Dr. looking over us.

From the daughter of Irving Keller Wolverton. I know my father would like for me to send this out from him also, though he is looking down from Heaven.

Sandra Wolverton Snyder

Eddie Sherman

February 22, 2013

What a wonderful man. Took care of my little girl for years. So thankful for him and the talents God gave him.

February 21, 2013

the community has lost a verry precious asset. i remember dr. gearing sharing with me some verry funny stories about he and my father as young men attending massanutten military academy in woodstock, the place of my birth. as a child i was treated by dr. gearing sr. the entire gearing family is special. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. he will be missed and remembered by many.

andrew ring

February 21, 2013

Mary and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. You have our deepest sympathy.
Gerald & Karen Jackson

February 21, 2013

We are so pleased that our daughter Alexis, is a part of the Gearing Family. We had many opportunities to first meet and then visit with Dr.Gearing, Jr. We have great respect for this family. We now offer our deepest sympathies. The Kacho Family

Betty Showman & Family

February 21, 2013

Having doctored with Dr Gearing Sr and Jr in Woodstock, VA. Dr Gearing Jr delivered my two sons and 50 years later Dr Gearing III doctored my grandson who is now 6 years old. The Gearing's are Great Doctors our sympathy to the family of Frank Gearing Jr.

Tassie Pippert

February 20, 2013

Frank and family, my deepest sympathies are with you. I had the opportunity to know your dad and he was a delight. We were in the same band for a short time and Frank always made sure the guys took very good care of me. He was such a comforting presence and he will be missed.

February 20, 2013

Dr. Gearing was a very good friend of my father's, and I went to school with his daughter, Mary.
My heart goes out to you; you're in my thoughts and prayers. Lucy Deyerle

Jerry Wolford

February 20, 2013

Dr Gearing was in practice with his dad when I was a kid. His daughter Mary was in the first three grades at Woodstock Elementary with me. May the Good Lord hold each family member tight and grant them peace.