Charles “Gabe” Gabriel

January 30, 1927 ‒ February 05, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Charles “Gabe” Gabriel, age 91 of Marion, passed away peacefully on Monday February 5, 2018 in Marion.

Charlie was born on January 30, 1927 in Bucyrus, the son of Anthony A. and Phyllis V. (Marquis) Gabriel. He graduated from high school and continued his education in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Charlie answered the call of duty to proudly serve his country during World War II and Korea. He served in the United States Navy and the United State Air Force.

A native of Marion, Gabe came home and began a lifelong career as a barber, serving the community for nearly 60 years.

He will be remembered for his love of golfing, enjoying many rounds with his sons. He was a member of the American Legion Post and also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

He is survived by his sons: Todd A., Mark A., Joseph A., Patrick A., and Michael A. Gabriel; his sisters: Diane Novak and Joann Johns; and nephew Danny Johns and niece Donna Watts.

Services will be held privately for his family.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Gabriel family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Our sincere sympathy to Gabe’s family. We have know Gabe for many years. My dad was also from Bucyrus. They would discuss home many times during our haircut visits. I know he loved his family. He gave our boys their first haircuts many years ago. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
    Sincerely, Fred and Margie Saull

  • My deepest sympathy to Gabe’s family he cut my hair for years and was a good friend as my wife came from Bucyrus. Our prayers to the family, in there time of sorrow.
    Bob and Nellie Berry

  • My condolences to the Gabriel family. In this critical time the Bible can offer us a source of comfort. At John 5: 28, 29 it says, “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” So very soon God will bring about a time where not only our loved ones will return., but they will return to a world where death will be no more.

  • For the boys…Im sorry to hear about your loss of your dad. He was respected by many in Marion.
    Pray you find comfort in knowing he was loved.
    He has his own special place in Heaven.

    My Mom wss Richey…your babysitter…lived next door. Your family was so special to her.
    Many good memories.

    • Violet,
      Your mother was everything to us. We couldn’t have done it without her. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

  • I never met your father and only heard of him through wonderful stories. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies go out to all of the family. I want to thank him for raising his son Joe to be one of greatest and most loving friends that I have. May God bless you all with memories that sustain you not only during these darkest hours, but throughout the remainder of your days.
    God Bless,
    Walter Jeffreys
    Columbus, Ohio

  • Gabe was a very special and exceptionally kind man. He was my barber for many years (25 maybe) and it was always a delight to go see him every month for my haircut. He was a great story teller and listener and handy with a joke or two…usually corny but funny just the same. He was also my favorite candidate for mayor of Marion and genuinely wanted Marion to be the best it could be. I’ve missed those times I could spend in his shop since he retired and will continue to miss him always. My sincere condolences to Doris and his family and my God bless and comfort you.

    • Steve,
      I also loved sitting in my dad’s barber shop listening to some great stories. Thanks for your kind words and remembrance.

  • Joe,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace in remembering your Dad’s long and wonderful life. He did an awesome job raising you boys!

  • I only learned of this yesterday and I grieve with you. Charlie is my cousin although the age difference made him more my uncle. I remember, before he ever had a barber shop, him coming to our home and cutting my fathers and my hair. It’s one of my oldest memories, I couldn’t have been more than a couple years old. I’ve moved from Marion but every time I returned, going down to the shop and talking over old times with Charlie was always on my list of things to do. All the names, Todd, Mark, Joe, Pat and Michael are very familiar to me, although I’m not sure we ever met. Seems a shame, doesn’t it?

    I know him to be a very decent and kind man. He made the world, at least my world, a better place. I love you guys and I’m sorry you’re going through this.

    My father, (Charlie knew him as Uncle Don), was a photo bug and I remember seeing some slides of Charlie from his Navy days. They’re packed away now, but when I get the chance I’ll dig them out and send them to you. Please email me an address.

    • John,
      We all called your father Uncle Don. He was such a good man to our family. Pops always talked about you and looked forward to your visits. Thank you for your kind words and remembrance of dad and our family. God be with you.

  • Where do I begin to mention memories? I’ve known Charlie since Joe and I were in grade school as seat mates. My brothers were friends with the boys, too. I use to go to Joan’s while you boys played outside. Charlie would drive past our house often and always waved and smiled at all the kids in our yard. Later, Charlie and Doris would visit with me on my breaks as I was doing local waitressing. Then, after I married and had children I was able to listen to stories about how each of the boys were doing while my husband and son got haircuts. Charlie even gave me a book that Patrick designed the front cover using himself as the model. He felt I needed the copy because “You are part of the family.” Though years have passed the Gabriel family have remained special to my own and I’m thankful the Lord brought such memories into my little corner of the world. I still visit Emmanuel Church and can’t help but to think of where I would be … in your Marion home. So Joe, Todd, Mark, Patrick and Michael, I know your family and share your heart felt loss. May the Lord give each of you comfort.

  • Todd, Mark, Joe, and twins-Patrick and Michael,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. I have many memories of Charlie which floods my mind with memories of your whole family.

    My condolences go to each of you boys and my childhood friend Doris (Mercedes). I still think of Joan often, too.

  • Joe,
    So sorry to hear about your dad. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. You have my deepest sympathy.

  • Joe ,

    Sorry for your loss . I know you were very proud of your Father . You were always talking about him when we worked at H.P.M. in Mount Gilead . Peace to you and your family .