G. Howard Dearing passed away on May 4, 2013, at his home near Mandeville, Louisiana, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Rita Derise Dearing, with May 2nd marking their 60th anniversary. He was the loving father of eight children, seven of whom survive him: Ann D. Whitman (Gordon), Mark H. Dearing (Joan), Linda D. Goudeau (Marc), Brian D. Dearing (Sharon), Bruce G. Dearing, Kathryn R. Dearing and Richard P. Dearing. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothy D. Midgley of Newkirk, Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren (Phillip, Daniel, Stephanie, Paul, Casey, Catherine, Marie, Elizabeth, Marc, Julia, Emily, Max and Alex); and 8 great-grandchildren (Adam, Scott, Mae, Nora, Alex, Ava, Bella and Spencer). He was preceded in death by his parents, George Henry Dearing, Jr. and Lula Mae Pringle; a daughter, Derise M. Dearing; a grandson, Jackson H. Goudeau; four sisters, Edith Dearing, Frances Dean, Margaret Eaton and Christine Gerards; and three brothers, Lester, Fred and Willis Dearing.
Born in 1924 on a farm near Wellington, Kansas, he grew up in Newkirk, Oklahoma. He attended Newkirk High School, serving as class president each year. Following high school, Mr. Dearing enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a hospital corpsman aboard a minesweeper during World War II. After the war ended, he attended Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University), graduating in 1948, and then the University of Oklahoma College of Law, graduating in 1951. That year, he moved to New Orleans to start his career with The Standard Oil Company of California (Chevron), which would span 38 years. Among the various positions he held with Chevron were Legal Consultant, Assistant Manager of Natural Gas Utilization, Assistant to the Vice President of Government and Industry Relations, General Manager of Gas Sales and General Manager of the Land Department, working in the New Orleans, Lafayette and San Francisco offices. In 1985, he was a member of Chevron’s Gulf Oil Company acquisition team that oversaw negotiations in the largest corporate merger in history up to that date. Following his retirement from Chevron in 1988, he spent a year as a land representative with Elf Aquitaine Operating Company and then several years as an oil & gas consultant.
Residing in the Mandeville area since 1970, Mr. Dearing was active in several civic, professional and service organizations, notably St. Tammany Water District #3, serving as president for over 30 years; the Riverwood Men’s Group, serving as its President for many years; the 4th Ward Recreational District; Junior Achievement; and president of various Parent-Teacher Associations. He was a parishioner of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville and served as its representative on the Board of Directors for the Samaritan Center. He was an avid tennis player and for several years was the men’s tennis coordinator at the Covington Country Club. He was a longstanding member of the Dixie Legends Men’s Tennis Group, which was founded by a tightknit circle of his closest friends. He enjoyed his family and was proud of his family’s accomplishments. He lived a full and enjoyable life with his love, Rita, and was ready to make his peace with our Heavenly Father.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 10, 2013 at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 West 21st Avenue, Covington, Louisiana, with visitation on Friday morning from 9:00 AM until Mass time. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001.