Charles "Charlie" E. Gerstenberger, 78, of Fremont, died peacefully in his Smith Road home Saturday afternoon, January 13, 2007.
He was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Republic, Ohio, to Carl and Clemmie (McConnel) Gerstenberger, now deceased. A Navy veteran that served during the Korean Conflict, Charlie worked as a farmer and as plant manager at Teledyne Dental of Fremont for more than 30 years. On August 12, 1969, he married Ruth Karg in Clyde and she survives.
Charlie was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont and was president of and volunteer for Grace's Soup Kitchen. He was also a member of Fremont Eagles, SCRAP, Town & Country Farm Bureau Council and the Carousel Club. Charlie enjoyed his farm toy collectibles and making miniature barns, houses, churches, carousels and toy trains.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Donald (Karen) Gerstenberger of Clyde; daughter, Shirley (Gary) VanKirk of Bellevue; stepsons, Dennis (Sherry) Lenhart of Clyde and Terry (Betsy) Lenhart of Delaware, Ohio; stepson-in-law, Tom Fisher of Clyde; brother, Dorsey (Alice) Gerstenberger of Norwalk; sister, Hazel (Kenneth) Linder of Bellevue; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Gerstenberger of Findlay and Alice Gerstenberger of Norwalk; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his devoted dog, Peaches.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty; son, David Gerstenberger; stepdaughter, Karen Fisher; stepgreat- grandson, Alric Fisher; sister, Irene Kiser; brothers, Carl (Bud) Jr. and Paul (Butch) Gerstenberger; sisters-in-law, Margaret Stoneburner and Nancy LaJuean; and brothers-in-law, Donald and Harold Karg.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Fremont, and from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until funeral services at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont. The Rev. James Avers and Certified Celebrant Maureen Pump will officiate. Burial, with military rites by Fremont American Legion and VFW, will be at Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde.
Memorials in Charlie's name may be made to Hospice of Memorial Hospital or to Grace Lutheran Church Boiler Fund.
Condolences may be given at www.hermankinn.com.