Charles E. Ink

December 05, 1920 ‒ June 26, 2013

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Charles Ink knew that there was no substitute for hard work. From a boy who sold home grown vegetables for a little extra money, to the man who started his own business, Ink Electric, Charles understood the value of a good work ethic. A man who worked for the Lord, his family and his business, Charles can now rest in Christ. Charles E. Ink, 92, of Mansfield, passed away Wednesday evening June 26, 2013 in Country Meadow Care Center.

The son of George and Bertha (Elenz) Ink, Charles was born December 5, 1920 in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1938. No stranger to hard work, as a child Charles completed house chores, grew fresh vegetables to sell and held summer jobs to save additional money.

As a teenager, Charles couldn’t help but notice a stunning classmate, Wilma Wagner. After Charles made a formal request to date Wilma, she responded “I will accept your proposal, if you accept the Lord.” Charles did… and on June 16, 1940 the two were the first couple to be married in the former Trinity United Methodist Church on Kochheiser Road. Charles and Wilma remained active until Trinity merged with Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church to create Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. A charter member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Charles was instrumental in the construction of the church. He served as deacon, lay delegate to the session, Sunday school superintendent, choir member, member of the administrative board and chairman of the building committee.

A WWII veteran, Charles served in the Pacific Theater, specifically in the Philippines.

Upon his return from the war he worked on local railroads, coupling together railroad cars. For eight years Charles also worked for the former Mansfield Telephone Company. A handyman, he built Ink’s Stewart’s Root Beer Stand in Lexington. Charles owned and operated Ink Electric from 1946-1983. Completing electrical work for K-Mart, Snow Trails and other companies in the Mansfield area, Charles operated a successful business built on hard work and integrity. He retired in 1983.

Beginning in 1980, Charles and Wilma wintered in Port Charlotte, Florida where he was Vice President of the Harborview Park Homeowners Association. While in Florida they were members of Cleveland United Methodist Church, where Charles sang in the choir.

For 18 years Charles volunteered with the Washington Township Fire Department. He was also a member of the Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party. Charles was a life and charter member of Lexington VFW Post 5101.

Having an ornery smile that was unforgettable, Charles will be remembered as a loving, and giving family man.

He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law Judy Snavely of Bellville and Pamela & Curtis Gerhart of Mansfield; a son and daughter-in-law Jack & Joyce Ink of Mansfield; grandchildren Brenda & Scott Gerhart, Karen & Scott Maglott, Diana & Robert Carlin all of Bellville, Bradley and Martha Snavely, Jason E. Ink, Julie & Cory Schnuerer, Nickolaus Gerhart all of Mansfield, and Joshua Gerhart of North Haven, CT; 18 great grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; a brother Walter Ink of North Canton; sister and brother-in-law Donna and Larry Bilbee of Bellville; a sister-in-law Ruth Ink of Mansfield; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Wilma Ink who passed away June 8, 2009, brother Carleton Ink, sister-in-law Violet Ink; son-in-law Donald Snavely.

The family will receive friends Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 2-5 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral services celebrating the life of Charles E. Ink will be Monday at 11 am in Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 3716 Bellville North Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44904. The Rev. Dr. Beverly Hall will officiate. Burial with military honors performed by the Bellville American Legion Post #535 will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church or Washington Township Fire Department may be made through the funeral home.

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