Charles A. Benner, age 63, of Mt. Gilead died on Thursday March 26, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 30, 1956 in Mt Gilead, to the late John Benner and the late Elaine (Griffin) Keirns.
Chuck was a lifelong resident of Morrow County and a 1975 graduate of Mt. Gilead High School. His career began as a Dispatcher, and then advanced to the Deputy Sergeant, with the Morrow County Sheriff Dept.; he was also employed by the Cardington Police Dept., during that time. He later worked for the Village of Mt. Gilead Street Dept., where he retired.
Chuck’s favorite pastime was spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing at the Mt. Gilead State Lakes Park, Clear Fork Lake, Maumee River at Fremont, Lake Erie, or any local pond that had a fish in it. Mushroom hunting, playing golf, and use his metal detector hoping for “treasures” were hobbies that he enjoyed. Chuck was a member of the Eagles FOE 630, AMVETS Post 87, and the VFW Post 8054.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Patricia “Patsy” (Crawford) Benner; his children, Brandy (Eddie) Underwood of Galion, Chelsea (Jake) Manson of Galion, and Charles John “CJ” Benner of Marion; his grandchildren, Gage and Garrett, Rylan, Ryder, and Tripp, and (a new little one in September); his sisters, Connie (Dan) Fricke and De Etta Scott (Mike Howard) both of Mt. Gilead; step-sister, Jessica Keirns; cousins, Shirley Kelly and Randy (Pat) Haldeman; his sisters/brother in-laws, Diane Roof, Dale (Marsha) Crawford, Mary Jane Levings, and Kay Crawford. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents (John and Elaine), his cousin, Bob Bebout, his in-laws, Tom and Jane Crawford, and his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Sherry Crawford.
A memorial service for Chuck is being planned for a later date and will be announced by the Gompf Funeral Home in Cardington. Memorial contributions may be gifted in honor of Chuck, to the Charles Benner Family.
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