Charles J. VanGorder, 80

Charles J. VanGorder, 80, of VanGorder Mill Rd, Perry Township died on  Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Golden Hill Nursing Home  following a  lingering  illness.

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.

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4 thoughts on “Charles J. VanGorder, 80

  1. Stacey, Susan, Sharon, Dave,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
    I have very fond memories of life at your house on “the road”.
    Chick is now with Aunt Lolo and Bev.
    They are both probably feeding him & fighting over him.
    With Love, your cousin,
    Gary & Chris

  2. Stacey, Sue, Sharon and Dave,

    Sending love and prayers from Phoenix. I wish I could be there in person to give my condolences and provide support. I have MANY fond memories on ‘the road’ and even better memories of the incredibly warm environment your Mom and Dad created.

    With Much Love, Rose

  3. Sharon, Sue, Stacey and Dave,

    Your family is always part of my memories of growing up in Wurtemburg. There were so many days spent playing at your house/having sleepovers, and sitting together at church (your mom always had the lifesavers!). Your dad and mom always welcomed me to join your family. I wish I could be in Ellwood in person to convey my condolences to you and your families. You truly were blessed with wonderful parents and I am so sorry for your loss.

    Love, Leslie

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