Calvin A. Pence

May 08, 1925 ‒ July 31, 2014

Fredericktown, Ohio

Calvin Aubrey Pence, age 89, of Summit Drive, Fredericktown, passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Knox Community Hospital. He was born on May 8, 1925 in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Marshall and Georgia (Kershner) Pence. Calvin served in the United States Navy during World War II.

On August 13, 1949, Calvin married the love of his life, Marilyn Joyce Pence on the Kenneth Shipley Farm east of Fredericktown with the Rev. Fern Lewis officiating. Calvin retired after 21 years of employment with Chattanooga Glass Company where he served as superintendent of the tanks.   Upon retiring from Chattanooga, Calvin worked several years for Westinghouse in Mansfield and the Fredericktown Water Department.

He was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir for fifty years. Calvin was also a member of American Legion Post #500, Elks Lodge #140 and Colonial City Moose Lodge. He bowled in the Fredericktown Merchant League and golfed in the Fredericktown Men’s League.

Calvin will be remembered as an affectionate man with a big heart always providing unconditional love for his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Although he did have an ornery trait, Calvin never lacked for showing this love to his family and friends. As the family remembers so well, “We Are Family” will be sung in their hearts forever.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce (Shipley) Pence, four daughters, Carole Trittschuh of Mansfield, Jackie (David) Montgomery of Mansfield, Tamara “Suze” Thomas of Fredericktown and Joellen (Dean) McGuire of Fredericktown, eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, a brother, Billy Joe (Jean) Pence of Mansfield, four sisters, Joyce Stewart, Gerry (Dick) Parsons, Jeannette (Frank) Carper all of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Ruby Grimmet of Gladwin, Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Demartino, Marguerite Murphy, Virginia Broyles and a brother, Leo Pence.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gary Campbell officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Memorial contributions in Calvin’s name may be made to the Fredericktown United Methodist Church or the American Legion Post #500.

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The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Calvin Aubrey Pence.

  • Dear Joyce and Family,

    We were saddened to read about Calvin’s death. Will always remember what a great community member he was and he was loved by his family and respected by everyone. So sorry about the loss of Calvin and of Eloise. Heaven certainly gained two wonderful spirits this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

    Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Dear Joyce and Family,
    I am so sorry to learn of Calvin’s death, it seemed so sudden.
    I will miss our conversations at Senior Citizens luncheons.
    My Sincere Sympathy to you and the family, Kathryn Williams

  • Joyce and family, so sorry about Cal’s passing. Remember all the good times and good stories we shared over the years. Will miss his ornery ways. Dennis

  • Joyce, So sorry to learn of Calvin’s passing. You and the entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love, Reta and Shelby. (Edith’s girls)

  • Dear Joyce and Family:
    Thinking of you at this time and sorry I can’t be with you in person!
    I am in Chautauqua , N Y for three weeks
    When thinking of Calvin, I remember all the good times we had during the years – great times !
    We have been fortunate to have you as friends !
    I’ll be in touch with you when I get back in Indiana
    Blessings to all of you!

  • Joyce and family

    I remember when we first moved in next to you 17 years ago. The first thing I remember thinking of Calvin was “He looks like Ed McMahon!”. I have never met a sweeter funnier or more caring man. He will be greatly missed and our hearts go out to your family for the loss of such a fun spirited human being. May God Keep you close in your time of sorrow.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. What a great, long life that provides you all countless memories. God and loved ones will be your comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Joyce and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayer!!! Uncle Calvin will be missed but what a day it must have been in Heaven when Jesus, Grandpa and Grandma and all of his sisters and brother welcomed him home!!!!I Love you all!!!

  • Joyce and family,

    Walt and I would like to convey our deepest sympathy. Calvin will be missed greatly. He was always fun to be around, always making people laugh. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Walt and Robin Farlee

  • You were loved by so many & always made us laugh or smile. Also loved to tease people. Praying for the whole family. Heaven welcomed a great guy!

  • Sorry for your loss Joyce and family. The loss is for all, because Cal was a guy who made the world a brighter and happier place! God bless.

  • Joyce & Family: We have missed Calvin at golf this year and have had many ask about him. He was a great guy and a good friend. I know you will miss him greatly in days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. May God Bless you.

  • We were so sad to hear of Calvin’s passing. We have memories of the funny, ornery personality he always had to share with everyone. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to your entire family. He will be missed by many.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry to hear that you all lost such a great husband, father, grandfather, etc. I remember how much I enjoyed his sense of humor years ago when I came to the house with Jackie.

  • Dear Joyce and family,
    We are so saddened to hear of Calvin’s passing. Praying all your fun times and great memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Love and hugs to you all!

  • Dear Joyce and family,

    So very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and his smile. Prayers and strength to you in the especially in the coming days and more.
    Deanna ShiraTackett

  • Thinking of the entire family at this time. So hard to have one loss and you Shipley’s seem to have to get it double.

    You are in our prayers. May you feel God’s comfort.

    Dean & Linda Shira

  • I’m so sorry to all of you Calvin was such a good man father husband grand
    father my thought are with you all at this time

  • Dear Joyce and family,
    You have my prayers and deepest sympathy. Wilma told me of your Calvins
    passing, then I read the obituary. He sure was a wonderful husband and family man. My regards to your whole family
    Love you,
    Ellie Hitchman

  • So sorry to hear of Mr Pence passing he was was very sweet and all around kind. He will be missed.

  • Joyce and Family, Ray and I would like to express the sympathy on the loss of Calvin. We enjoyed being around him and am sure this is quite a loss for the entire family. He has a family to be proud of. Ray & Pat Davis

  • Hi Joyce
    Sorry to hear about Calvin and know you will miss him very much and was glad when you were in Florida that you came to visit with us and we had such a good time. It is alwalys good to see friends and I think of you often. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless
    Gene and Jean

  • So sorry to know of Calvin’s passing and know how much he will be missed……a great man all around……..there are so few like him left in this world……

    Charles McManis

  • I am so sorry to hear about Calvin. He was a wonderful person. One of my very favorites. I know he will be greatly missed.

    May God Bless your family. I am sure he and my mom and dad are having a hillbilly reunion in heaven.



  • Carole, Mrs. Pence and family:
    So sorry to learn or your Father’s passing and of your Aunt Eloise. Remember both of them growing up in Fredericktown and the Methodist Church. Eloise’s sister Eva Loney took care of me after my mom died. Sorry I was unable to make the calling hours. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Janet Arnold Rowan

  • We are so sorry for your loss…you are in our prayers and thoughts Gleen Sr.,Glenn Jr.,Melody,Beth,Roy

  • I am so sorry to hear about Calvin. M y sincere sympathies to Joyce and her family. He was a year older than Alfred. Calvin was a good friend even though we didn’t see each other for such a long time.

    May God bless you and your family.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
    Sam, Bunny & Jillian Vance
    Frank and Elinor Bartlett