Charles M. “Sandy” Tharp II

March 12, 1956 ‒ August 15, 2007

Marion, Ohio

Charles M. “Sandy” Tharp II, 51, of Marion died unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon August 15, 2007 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

He was born on March12, 1956 in Mount Gilead the son of the late Charles M. Tharp and Hazel Marie (Park) Tharp Fisher.

Sandy has lived in Marion since his graduation from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1976. While driving truck was how Sandy made a living, it helped to define him as a person. He drove for Brisk Trucking of Delaware, Ohio delivering Kroger Brand Foods.

His other defining role was that of father, mentor, and friend to his two children. They will remember him as a “good and loving” Dad.

Many of you may have played a part in one of Sandy’s numerous jokes. As good as his sense of humor was Sandy also had a stubborn and bullheaded side. He would sometimes argue with you just for the sake of arguing.

He had a niche for tinkering with items around the house and reassembling them in his own special way.

When he wasn’t on the road he enjoyed the fall and college football season when he could flip back in his recliner and watch his beloved Michigan Wolverines.

As a truck driver Sandy listened to a lot of radio. Most of the time his dial was set to a country music station; preferably a song by Reba.

He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Brenda and their children Charles M. “Chuck” Tharp III and Alyssia “Sis” Tharp both at home; a brother Fred (Gay) Tharp of Marengo; a sister Sara Fulk of Galion; nieces and nephews Stacey (Janet) Tharp and their daughter Ashlee, Samantha (David) Caulkins and their daughter Madison, Laurie (Jeff) Keller, and Tiffany (Kenny) Wuertz and their daughters Kaitlin and Adrian.

Friends may call on the family on Friday August 17, 2007 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 South Main Street, Mount Gilead. Pastor Ken Durtsche will conduct funeral services there on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to his children Charles M. Tharp III and Alyssia Tharp C/o Brenda Tharp 351 ½ East Church Street, Marion, Ohio 43302.

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