Charles E. Alkire

April 15, 1925 ‒ March 21, 2006

Cardington and Bucyrus, Ohio

Charles E. Alkire, age 80, of Cardington and formerly of Bucyrus, died on Tuesday morning, March 21, 2006, at the Morrow County Hospital.

He was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, on April 15, 1925, the son of the late Orley and Mildred (Conley) Alkire. Charles graduated from Sulfur Springs High School in the Class of 1943.

After graduation, Charles enlisted in the U. S. Army, serving during World War II.

On January 4, 1945, Charles married his loving wife of over 48 years, Annabell (Ehresman) Alkire, in Crawford County, who preceded him in death in 1993. Together they resided in the Bucyrus area until moving to Mesa, Arizona, in 1962, and Floresville, Texas, in 1971. In 2004, Charles moved to the Cardington area to be nearer to his family.

Charles worked as a master electrician for the Timken Company in Bucyrus, and for H-E-B Foods in Texas, retiring in 1993.

In his younger years, Charles enjoyed off roading in his jeep, hunting and fishing. Later, he found pleasure in woodworking, reading anything he could get his hands on, and antique tractor and farm equipment.

While in the Sulfur Springs area, Charles was a member of the Zion Chapel United Methodist Parsonage. During his time in Texas, Charles was a member of the American Legion.

Charles is survived by his daughters Connie (John) Walker of Fairfield, Illinois, Janet (Mike) Tidwell of Manor, Texas, and Debby Braddock of Cardington; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Charles was preceded in death by his daughter Carol Ann Drake; and sister Martha Ellen White.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion United Methodist Church, State Route 98, Bucyrus, with Pastor Jill Roberts officiating. Inurnment will follow at Union Cemetery in Bucyrus. Local arrangements are in the care of the Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Gilead.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Department of Veteran Affairs, A.J. Celebrezze Federal Building, 1240 East 9th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44199, or to the American Cancer Society, 1105 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302.

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