Born in Perry Township, July 12, 1932 he was the son of the late Ross and Mary (Campbell) VanGorder. He was married for 13 years to Flora Ray VanGorder, who survives.
Charles was a Trustee and Elder at the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Wurtemburg Perry Fire Department and served as treasurer for many years. Charles enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling. He was employed at Bell Telephone where he served as a linesman and repairmen for 44 years. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1951. Charles served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1955.
Along with his wife, Flora, survivors include three daughters – Susan (Tom) Sommers of Ellwood City, Sharon (Bill) Householder of Clearwater, FL, Stacey (David) Vercilla of New Castle; one son, David (Mary) VanGorder of Allison Park, PA; sister, Arlene (Jack) MacDonald of Ellwood City; and seven grandchildren, Nicholas and Megan Vercilla, Courtney and Alyssa Householder, and Adam, Angela, and Heather VanGorder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two former wives, Beverly VanGorder and Lois Syphirit VanGorder, and a brother, Harry VanGorder.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday December 2, 2012 from 2-4 and and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.
Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 3 at 10:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Daniel Stinson officiating.
Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Cemetery.
Military Rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church or the Wurtemburg Perry Fire Department.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.