Charles E. “Charlie” Sens

April 04, 1925 ‒ January 31, 2020

Marion, Ohio

A self-made man, Charles E. “Charlie” Sens, age 94, of Marion, died Friday, January 31, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family following an extended illness.

On April 4, 1925, Charlie was born in Marion, Ohio, the eleventh of twelve children of the late Joseph F. Sens Sr. and Marybelle (Gough) Sens.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School. Growing up, Charlie started his working career when he was 12 years old, making the most of his newspaper route as a “Paper Boy”.

Immediately following graduation, Charlie enlisted to serve his beloved country in the US Army during the battle of World War II.  He served in the 34th Armory Infantry division and was stationed in Iowa, earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his heroics during the Battle of Anzio and the Northern African Campaign.

Upon his honorable discharge, Charlie returned home to Marion, Ohio, where he would be set up on a blind date with Jeannette Schuler, who was friends with Charlie’s sister at church.  From there the rest is history. They were married shortly thereafter on October 9, 1948. Together they lovingly raised six children and shared seventy-one wonderful years of marriage.

While courting Jeannette, Charlie started Servex Electronics with his brother, Joseph Sens Jr., opening their first store on N. State St. in Marion with $10.  While trying to grow the business, he was helping to make ends meet as a teller at Fahey Bank, where Frances Huber saw him as a star pupil and took him under his wing and “always pushed him” to better himself.  At Fahey Bank, he worked his way up to President of the bank in the ’70s and ’80s. During that time, he was growing his Servex Electronics business, expanding to Mansfield, Sandusky, Tiffin, Fremont, Mount Vernon, Findlay, Delaware, and Wooster.  They diversified their business with both wholesale and retail stores, and developing shopping centers and strip malls to manage commercially. Charlie was especially proud to have his children follow in his footsteps to help manage their family’s business ventures.

Very civic minded, Charlie had served on too many boards in the community to be able to list them all and in many capacities; notably the Rotary Club of Marion and Marion Area Chamber of Commerce.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7201 and served on the board of directors of Scioto Downs. One example of his love for his community, was when he donated fifty-plus television sets to the Marion Children’s Home to try and give those children a little happiness and hope.  He also was a faithful member of St. Mary Church and of the Knights of Columbus in Marion.

As Charlie’s work accomplishments grew, so did the size of his hobbies. Anyone who knew Charlie knew about his love for antique cars, which lead to the Charlie Sens Car Museum, where his family joked that “he had more Ford’s than the Henry Ford Museum.”  He also loved model train sets, building numerous extensive LGB train sets.

Charlie “did everything the hard way” in life.  He worked hard and persevered, no matter the obstacles in his way.  By far and away though, Charlie’s proudest achievement was raising his six children (all of whom he adored) and putting them through college.

Throughout his life, Charlie had a lifelong love of music.  Before starting his family, he had his own band, the Charles Sens Band, for whom he was the drummer and band director.  He also loved traveling, and he and Jeannette traveled much of the world with their GE Group. Recently, he was proud to visit Washington DC on an Honor Flight.

A true gentleman, Charlie always had an ornery smile on his face, a wink in his eye, and warmth in his heart.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Jeannette Sens of Marion; five children: Jean Sens of Florence, KY, Ruth Ann (Wayne) Perr of Fort Spanish, AL, Michael (Linda) Sens of Marysville, OH, Gregory (Ileana) Sens of Marion, and John (Denise) Sens of Marion; twelve grandchildren: Nicole (Ross) Camara, Sean (Karin Kringen) Crnkovich, Jeannette (Robert) Spano, Christopher (Robin) Perr, Lauren (Joe) Rebello, Danielle (Devin) Severns, Tony (Ashley) Sens, Greg Sens, Christina (Colin) Nicholson, Michelle Sens, and Jonathon and Lexie Sens; 19 great-grandchildren; and loads of nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Sens; and all eleven siblings: Harold “Gene”, Fred, Bernard, James, Joseph Jr., and Paul Sens, Anna Haley, Norma Jean, Bernadine, Mildred Howard, and Marie Wearsch.

His family will greet friends from 3 – 7 pm on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  A sacred Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, at St. Mary Church, 251 N. Main St., Marion, with Father Thomas Buffer officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council at the church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and they can be sent to the funeral home.

On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Bobby Singh and staff and the nurses at Marion General Hospital and hospice.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Charlie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Our sincere condolences to the entire Sens family. Charlie was a true gentleman.

  • My deepest sympathies to the entire Sens family. Although, I was a friend of John and Pat’s, I had the pleasure of knowing and joking with Mr. Sens in the 80’s. It is hard to lose someone you love, but as Christians we will be reunited with them in heaven. How great is our God! Blessings to all.

  • On behalf of all of the Honor Flight family we are saddened by Charlie’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to all of his family.

  • My deepest condolences in the passing of a wonderful man. I worked for Charlie many years ago and always enjoyed being around him and the entire family. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time.

  • Our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Sens and Family!

    What a remarkable and great life Mr. Sens lived! He set so many good examples to all who knew him. May God’s Love and Peace comfort you!

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of Charlie Sens. Always friendly when he would see me. The last time I saw him was several years ago at Steak and Shake and both Charlie and Jeannette came over to my wife’s and my table. I was impressed that they would go out of their way to talk to us, but I would guess that is the way they are. Charlie and Jeannette raised wonderful children and I am sure they will miss their dad’s love and guidance. Please accept my condolences on your loss…Charlie Sens was a great man and will be sorely missed by our community.

  • I am sending deepest condolences on behalf of my mother, Marilyn (Granny) Jolley and myself. May you treasure your memories and be left with love, peace and light.

  • My heart aches with the loss of my favorite Uncle. On Veterans Day I would tell him his favorite niece was thanking him for helping save our country. The Schuler reunions were memorable but my strong connection with Charlie was forged through my “drop byes” as I traveled to and from Columbus during my college and residency years. He was my example of a faithful husband and loving father. His teasing imparted love, confidence and sage wisdom. I am so glad I was able to see him this passed summer. His presence in my life will be missed. My love goes out to my beautiful Aunt Jeannette, my cousins and their families.

  • Loving thoughts to all of the Sens family on the loss of Charlie. Although it has been many years since I have lived in Marion, I still have great memories of his work ethic both in the community and in his business. Wishing you all an easy transition on this very new path without him.

  • So sorry I will not be able to visit and say goodbye to Charlie, but please know you are all in my thought and prayers!! A life well lived , sending love and hugs to each of you, my sweet Jeanette!!!

  • Please accept our sincere condolences. Greg, your dad sounds like he was an amazing man. May his soul Rest In Peace and be received in heaven with our Heavenly Father. – Terri & Van Ambrose

  • My thoughts and prayers to you Greg and of course all your family.I must confess I do not admire a lot of people.But Charlie was one who I did.I know he earned all of his success by his work ethic.A down to earth man who I will never forget.It was a pleasure to know him and work for him.

  • My deepest condolences on behalf of the Leo and Augusts Keith family. Our father and morher always spoke very highly of Charlie and his family. God Bless you all. Joan Keith

  • So sorry to hear about Charlie, he always had a great smile, my prayers and thoughts are with your family.

  • My sincere condolences to the entire Sens family on the passing of your patriarch Charlie. Thank you sir for all you did, for your country, for your family, your community, and for me.
    Jim (Jimmie) Townsend

  • Our condolences to the family. Charlie was great guy. Loved talking with him about many different things. His love for cars, his savvy business skills and his sense of humor. He will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Charlie!

  • Dear Aunt Jeannette and Sens family,
    We’ve lost a great advocate for faith, family, country, and community service in Uncle Charlie along with his inspirational entrepreneurial spirit. With all the demands of a successful business, he always had time to spend with us sharing a kind word and a joyful chuckle. I was in awe that while offering consumers the latest in electronic products and orchestrating a classic car collection, he always found ways to make you smile. As I got older, I realized his sons working at the store had ownership in making the enterprise profitable. I have many happy memories of unloading the family car with the latest technology from Servex. Being from Columbus, I always beamed with pride letting everyone know our TV wasn’t from Sun, but was picked out by specialists Greg and Pat at my uncle’s store! I had childhood dreams of working there one day. Those dreams came from being a boy that more than respected his Uncle, Aunt, and cousins, but loved them. The love was returned when I was sick at Pat’s wedding and Aunt Jeannette let me rest in his bedroom. It was returned when my grandpa, Bill Ginder, and Uncle Charlie were making everybody laugh at family gatherings. It was returned when Aunt Jeannette compassionately sympathized at my grandma Rose Louise (Schuler) Ginder’s funeral that I lost a partner. It was returned when Uncle Charlie recently encouraged me to revive a family tradition.
    With sorrow that Aunt Jeannette has lost her life’s partner, I silently offer intentions for her, her children, and grandchildren, as the funeral is concluding that I wasn’t able to attend. Thanks be to God for the Sens’ overwhelming generosity of and from the heart.

  • Greg and family, I really liked your dad and enjoyed knowing you, Pat, and your dad in connection with the church and your business. You are all great people and Marion is better for the relationships with the Sens family. Your dad has gone to heaven for sure; he was such a good man. My sympathy to you

  • With sorrow that Aunt Jeannette has lost her life’s partner, I silently offer intentions for her, her children, and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as the funeral is concluding that I wasn’t able to attend. Thanks be to God for the Sens’ overwhelming generosity of and from the heart.

  • Dear Greg, Mike and Sens Family,
    We offer our sympathy to all of you on the loss of your father Charlie (and husband, grandfather, etc.)! What a wonderful and full, long life he lived! You are all so lucky to have been part of it!
    He was a hard worker, creator and citizen who served his family and community so well – we should all take a chapter out of his book of life!
    Special thoughts for his wife, Jeannette, who has had such a long-standing partner.

    You are all a fine family who we hope can take great solace in all the colorful memories Charlie leaves behind. Our condolences to you all, Dan and Jo Ann Zimmerman (proud to be Greg’s neighbor!)