Charles F. Elbert

April 06, 1934 ‒ December 15, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Charles F. Elbert of Mansfield passed away peacefully on December 15th, 2019.  He was born April 6, 1934 and raised in Highland Park, Illinois.  He graduated from Purdue University in 1956 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a US Army commission of 2nd Lt. after completing ROTC.  Charles and his wife, Phyllis, moved to Mansfield shortly after they graduated from Purdue University.  He completed the Signal Corps Officer Basic Course and finished active duty as an instructor at the US Army Signal School, Ft. Monmouth, NJ, before returning to Mansfield.

In addition to completing his military commitment in the reserves with the rank of Captain, Charles worked for many years as a development engineer for the Ohio Brass Company.  In addition to his passion for his career in high voltage equipment design, Charles was an avid tinkerer and woodworker.

Charles also volunteered for many years as a leader in the Lexington Boy Scout Troop 131 where he was instrumental in the construction of their Revolutionary War era cannon used for many Bicentennial celebrations.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Linda Elbert of Bloomington, Indiana, son Fred Elbert and his wife Sherry of Saratoga Springs, New York, and daughter Carol Kurta and her husband Paul of Owings, Maryland, as well as three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Christine (Peknik) Elbert, and sisters Julie (Herb) Craig and Mary (Dean) Taylor.

A memorial service will be Friday, December 20, 2019, 10am, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44903. Pastor Pentti Maki from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where Charles was a member, will officiate the ceremony.  The family will receive friends following the service until 12:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scouts BSA (, or the Alzheimer’s Association (

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  • Phyllis and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Chuck. I remember that he loved to talk about his
    Boy Scout experiences, especially about the cannon that he built. He had so many
    interests. And he was so proud of his garden at your old house. And he was so proud of his children.
    My deepest condolences to you all. Kay

  • Carol –
    Sending hugs and thoughts.
    I always enjoyed when your mom and dad would come to see me at work.
    Know that you are in our prayers.

  • Phyllis and Family
    I am sorry about your loss.
    One fond memory I have of your family was the fact that you purchased a tool for one of the kids (pretty sure one of the daughters or both) for Christmas. Ever since you shared that with me I have tried to purchase a tool for my son at Christmas. I had purchased a set of metric wrenches for this year and had mailed them Saturday. I also remember the Boy Scout stories.

    May God comfort you with your loss. Chuck’s Love for each of you and all the memories will live in your hearts until your heavenly reunion.
    Tom Arkwright

  • To me, Chuck was THE MAN. I only knew him for a brief time, starting in 1981, when I was a fellow employee with him at Ohio Brass. I worked with him closely in the “transit” department, and grew to value his ethics, his drive, his loyalty to what was right, his honesty and conviction, his incredible sense of humour, and his humanity.

    I learned much from Chuck not only about electric transit equipment and it’s proper application, but more importantly how a man should honour his beliefs, stand up for his convictions, and come to be a help to one’s friends and family. I also celebrated national holidays with him, and even got to see first-hand the joy he put into honourng our country by firing his beloved cannon.

    My family and I moved away from Mansfield and back to the Northeast where we were from, but I continued to enjoy Chuck ‘s humour and insight through periodic emails. I will never forget his friendship.