Carl E. Messenger Jr.

October 09, 1925 ‒ April 21, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Carl E. Messenger Jr., age 91, of Marion, died peacefully Friday morning, April 21, 2017, at his daughter’s home surrounded by his loving family.

On October 9, 1925, Carl was born in Marion, Ohio, the only child of the late Carl Sr. and Dalta (Van Gordon) Messenger. He graduated from Pleasant High School in the class of 1943.

Shortly following graduation, Carl married his life and traveling companion, Ondie French, on June 30, 1946. They shared sixty eight years of marriage. She preceded him in death on November 1, 2014.

For thirty plus years, Carl enjoyed an accomplished career with the Marion Power Shovel, starting with the company as a mechanical engineer, but having a hand in many facets of their manufacturing production. Some of his proudest achievements were the parts he designed and patented that are still in production today, and working on the space shuttle transporter.

A “good Christian man,” Carl was a faithful member of the Oakland United Methodist Church.

Sharing a love for traveling, Carl and Ondie started with camping in tents, going to a different campground every night. Eventually they upgraded to a motor home, which they took all over the United States. They especially enjoyed visiting Florida, spending many summers and winters there in their second home in Ocala, Florida.

Carl had an ingenious and innovative mind, thinking through entire inventions in his mind, step by step. He also was a true gentleman, who earned your respect in the most kind and loving way.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children: Phil (Bonnie) Messenger of Temple Terrace, FL, Tim Messenger of Orlando, FL, and Anne (Mel) Hanson of Marion; eight grandchildren: Jeremy, Justin and Jonathan Messenger, Jeff Messenger, Jacquie Dunbar, Julie Toney, Mindy Kibbey, and Karissa Hanson-Morris; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Carl was an amazing, loving and devoted father. His legacy of enduring integrity, patient kindness, and strength of Christian character is a shining example in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services honoring Carl’s life will be observed at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at his graveside in Grand Prairie Cemetery in Brush Ridge, with Pastor David Cottrell officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Carl’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via

  • Carl was a kind and gentle soul, a dear sweet man. The love, thoughts and prayers of the Harrison’s go out to Anne, Tim, Phil and the rest of the family.

  • My sincere condolences to Ann Tim Phil and families. We have lost touch through the years. But you are always in my heart.
    Genny Dangerfield.

  • To the family of Carl E. Messenger Jr. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. Acts 24:15.

  • My Grandfather lived a remarkable life, one that inspired me greatly. His adventurous attitude, his broad range of interests, and his happy demeanor made him a wonderful person to know. He was patient, and generous with his time and affection. He was philosophical in his approach to life. He especially had a great perspective when it came to the little things, never displaying anger or impatience. Instead, he showed great dignity and humor.
    I’ll miss his perspective and his gentle humor. I’ll miss the surprising depth and scope of his knowledge. I’ll miss the warmth he extended to everyone he met. I will miss my grandfather dearly. But I will treasure his memory forever.

  • My sincere condolences to the Messenger family. We always enjoyed visits from Uncle Carl and Aunt Ondie. Ann, Phil and Tim I have thought so often of you and out times together as children. I’m truly sorry for your loss.
    Patty Ferguson Timm

  • My Grandfather was an incredible man that never let anything get him down. No matter what he was challenged with he could still accomplish his task all while still humming a tune. He was always polite and always made time for you. He will be greatly missed but will live on in memory in all of us that have met him.