Dec. 24, 1928 — Jan. 13, 2007
FREMONT — Charles "Charlie" E. Gerstenberger, 78, of Fremont, died Saturday afternoon in his Smith Road home.
He was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Republic to the late Carl and Clemmie (McConnel) Gerstenberger.
He was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a farmer and as a plant manager at Teledyne Dental of Fremont for more than 30 years. On Aug. 12, 1969, he married Ruth Karg in Clyde and she survives.
He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont and was president and volunteer of the soup kitchen that was held there. He was also a member of the Fremont Eagles, S.C.R.A.P., the Town & Country Farm Bureau Council and the Carousel Club. He enjoyed his farm toy collectibles and making miniature barns, houses, churches, carousels and toy trains.
He is survived by a 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 devoted dog, Peaches.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty; son, David Gerstenberger; stepdaughter. Karen Fisher; a stepgreat-grandson, Alaric Fisher; a 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.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont where his body will lie in state one hour before the service. The Rev. James Avers and Certified Celebrant Maureen Pump will officiate. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Fremont. Burial with military rites will be performed by the Fremont American Legion and VFW Posts at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in Clyde.
Memorials in Charlie's name may be made to Hospice of Memorial Hospital or to the Grace Lutheran Church Boiler Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.hermankinn.com.