Charles Gelvin


Charles M. Gelvin, 77, of Wadsworth, passed away into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Akron City Hospital.

Born in Galion on Dec. 13, 1939 to the late Charles and Mary Gelvin, he married Iva Ilene Staats on Aug. 21, 1960 and she survives.  He graduated from Galion High School and was a meat manager at Red Bird Foodliner in Wadsworth and Sparkle Market in Akron.  Mr. Gelvin was head deacon at Ambassador Baptist Church in Wadsworth for the past 32 years and enjoyed antique cars and woodworking.  His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his greatest enjoyment and he will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Ilene; daughter, Dena Lynn (Thomas) Thompson of Wadsworth; son, Chuck (Lori) Gelvin of Wooster; grandchildren, Lauren (Jacob) Hastings, Courtney (Dustin Geitgey) Gelvin; Lindsey (Daniel) Moore, Zachery Thompson, Jeremy Thompson and Emily (Erik) Wallace; great-grandchildren, Kenna and Colton Hastings and Kellen Wallace; a brother, Russell (Marjorie) Gelvin of Mansfield and a sister, Shirley Vess of Wooster.  A half-brother, Richard McCumber died previously.

Services will be Saturday, March 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Ambassador Baptist Church in Wadsworth, where friends may call Friday from 4-8 at the church and one hour prior to services.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wadsworth.  Tributes may be shared at  Memorials may be made to Ambassador Baptist Church, 620 Trease Rd., Wadsworth, OH 44281. Murray Funeral Home in Creston is handling arrangements.

To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left. 



Name: Deidra Bolton and Ray Spangler

We are so sorry to hear of Chuck, Sr passing away.. He was a great Godly man. He will always be known for his big bear hugs.. He left behind a beautiful Christian legacy.. He will be missed by many.. Love and prayers ?



Name: Paula Pulslamp

so sorry for the passing of Chuck. I only knew him for a little over a year but I know that he loved God, his family and his church family. He made me feel welcome right away at Ambassador. He will be missed. Love and prayers to all of you. Paula Pulskamp 



Name: Kathy Rogers

Aunt Ilene, Chuck, Dena and families, so sorry to hear about Uncle Charlie. May he rest in peace. Love Kathy


Name: Darlene

So sorry Ilene for the loss of Charlie.. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I can't come  because i'm taking care of my Daughter Kelly. Around the clock.God bless you all, so sorry again... Love you !  Darlene. 


Name: Carl and Lisa baltzly

 Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences.
Chuck will be greatly missed. He was always so congenial and anyone that met him, immediately loved and admired him. He was one of a kind. love and prayers.


Name: Teresa Coykendall

So sorry for your loss. R.I.P.


Name: Rissa Bahler

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I have many memories of growing up with Courtney where  this amazing GODLY man made it a point to be a huge part of her life, which in turn let me have the privilege of getting to know him as well. I will always remember pulling up to the drive and seeing the wood carvings out in the front of the house and the time he was extremely persistent on getting Courtney and I to try "liver". Most of all I remember always seeing him at church every time I visited with Courtney and treating me with such kindness. What an amazing legacy he has left! He will never be forgotten.

Love to you all!
The Bahlers


Name: Eli and Rozena Yoder

We are so sorry for the passing of Chuck.  We have known him for many years and loved the whole family. Prayers be with all of the family.
   Eli and Rozena


Name: dave bowlby

rest in peace classmate. from south school to high school we were pals.played on the golf team together and had many laughs.............


 Name: George Kelley

I was so sorry to find Chuck had passed away, I met him in 1974 and he never changed in all those years. Church has been his passion and it was important for his kids to be raised with this instilled in them. Chuck was one of the best to lead people to the Lord. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers go out to the family. God bless. (I wish someone had called to inform us, just found out today, 3/15)











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