Reginald Rosario Charette

December 26, 1927 ‒ April 11, 2019

Gallatin, Tennessee
Formerly of Lexington, Ohio

Reginald Charette passed away on 11 April 2019 in Gallatin, TN at the age of 91.

Reg was born on 26 December 1927 in Stamford, CT to Felix and Marie Charette. At the age of 2, he moved with his parents to Willoughby, OH. After graduation from high school, Reg enlisted in the Army where he served as a paratrooper in Japan as a member of the Occupation forces. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal-Japan and was honorably discharged in September 1947. Reg attended Ohio University, was a member of the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. While still in college he met the love of his life, Marian, and they were married for 66 years.

Reg and Marian moved to Mansfield in 1954 where he worked for Lumberman’s Mutual Insurance Company, retiring as Vice President of Engineering in 1990. He was active in several professional organizations including serving 2 years as President of the American Mutual Insurance Engineers, President of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and was a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association.

He was an avid reader, sailor, vintner, golfer, tennis player, and bike rider. Reg was very creative—frequently returning from road trips with antiques that he refinished and that became cherished furnishings. On a visit to California, he helped his son-in-law create stained glass windows for the kitchen cabinets. Reg enjoyed all aspects of the craft and many people were gifted with stained glass works of art Reg created especially for them.

Active in Resurrection Parish in Lexington; Reg served in many capacities including as an usher, Eucharistic minister, member of the Parish Council and CCD teacher. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and he and Marian volunteered with the American Red Cross. Reg and Marian were cancer survivors, participating in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Reg was predeceased in 2018 by his wife Marian. He is survived by his daughters Linda Blevins (Bob), Debbie Bosch, and Pam Carver (Ken), sons Brent and Jeff (Mechelle), and sisters Sister Irene Charette and Rena Kocab (Tom). He leaves a legacy of 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Resurrection Catholic Church in Lexington on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 10am to 11am followed by Mass led by Father Nicolas Weibl and interment in Lexington Cemetery with military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville. The family requests donations to the American Red Cross or American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Reg’s family and encourage you to leave them a message at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • To-Debbie,Jeff,Linda, Pam , Rena and sister Irene
    Very sorry to hear Reg has passed. We spent a lifetime as friends. About 85 years.
    Your father and mother have been very special people in my life and I will miss them
    both for as long as I live. They are together again.
    Just found out today that the service will be held in Lexington next friday.
    We have another obligation and trip scheduled, so Harriet and I will not be able to be at the service.
    Love
    Chuck Costello

    • Thanks Chuck, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated! I know you were great friends and we will always cherish the friendship you and Harriet shared with Mom and Dad. Please take care and stay in touch. The Charette Family

  • Jeff,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. It is never easy losing a parent. I know how close you were to your parents and how hard is to not have them physically present. They are always with you in memory and spirit.
    Sending you warm hugs and healing prayers.

    • Nancy, Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers, we will miss them and we do
      have great memories. I have said it for many years, that we were so fortunate to have them around for so many years, most are not as lucky as us, but it will be hard for awhile, I’m sure. Take care and thanks again!

  • Pam and family,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Though I didn’t have the privilege to get to know him very well, he seemed like a nice man, a good father and someone who didn’t seem to mind all the neighborhood kids congregating in and around your house. I know you will miss him!