Charles Stepanian, 88, of Port Clinton and formerly of Lakeside-Marblehead, passed away peacefully at home Friday, April 9, 2010.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to October 1945. During his service to the country he was a member of the 112th Engineer Combat Battalion, the 1st Army at Omaha Beach and the 3rd Army at the Battle of the Bulge under Gen. George Patton.
Charles married Vembia Shipp of Flint Hill, Va., in 1957 and raised five children. He was an independent building contractor for more than 30 years and also worked for US Gypsum until 1989 when he retired after 28 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Vembia; son, Gregory (Bonnie) Stepanian of Oak Harbor; four daughters, Wanda Swope of Toledo, Pamela (Michael) Provo and Darlene (John) Bowser, both of Port Clinton, and Michelle (Mark) McGraw of Marblehead; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Margaret Papazian of Marblehead.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl, in infancy; and a brother, Christopher.
Private graveside services will be observed at Sackett Cemetery in Marblehead with the Rev. David Gowen officiating. Memorial service arrangements are pending.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Stein Hospice Fund of Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation, 135 E. Washington Row, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to one's favorite charity.
Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Peninsula Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.