Charles E. Iams

October 06, 1925 ‒ April 21, 2010

Marion, Ohio

Charles E. Iams

October 6, 1925 – April 21, 2010

Charles E. Iams, of Marion, Ohio passed away on April 21, 2010 after several months of declining health. He was born October 6, 1925 in Marion, Ohio, the son of the late Lester C. and Ruby Fern (Miller) Iams. On November 24, 1946 he married the love of his life, Jane L. Young. She remains to cherish the sixty-three years they shared together.

Mr. Iams was a 1943 graduate of Marion Harding High School. He began his long career in the electric utility industry with the Marion Reserve Power Company in 1946. The company later became the Ohio Public Service Company, and is now known as the Ohio Edison Company. After forty-four years of service, he retired as meter supervisor in 1990.

Mr. Iams and his family were long-time members of Fite Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer for twenty-five years and sang in the chancel choir. As chairman of the building committee, he helped raise funds and oversaw the construction of the current sanctuary. In recent years he became a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir and the fellowship of his Sunday School class.

Mr. Iams was active in a number of community organizations including the Marion Noon Kiwanis Club, Marion Industrial Club, and the Marion Chamber of Commerce. He also served as treasurer of the Marion Civic Chorus. A lifelong fan of Harding athletics, the Cleveland Indians, and all things Ohio State, Mr. Iams was also an avid golfer. He and his wife enjoyed wintering with friends in Myrtle Beach following his retirement. But of all his many activities, Mr. Iams particularly enjoyed his eighteen years as a member of the Marionaires Barbershop Chorus.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Iams is survived by son and daughter-in-law, C. Gary and Denise Iams, and by daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Mark Green, both of Marion. Also surviving are two grandchildren who were the light of his life, Emily Anne and Jonathan Green. He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Ruby Iams, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia and George Griffiths, along with a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Dolores and Bill Freshour.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church on Friday, April 23rd at 1:30 pm with Dr. Richard Farmer officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 am up to the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church music program, the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Society and they may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home.

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