Charles William Cherry, 67, of Oak Harbor, went to be with the Lord Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Cleveland Clinic, following a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis.
Chuck was born Nov. 11, 1946, in Sandusky, to Mary C. (Landoll) and Franklin E. Cherry. He grew up in Huron and attended St. Peter Church and School. He graduated from Huron High School in 1965. In 1970, he married the former Linda M. Gardner at St. John's United Church of Christ, Genoa. They moved to Oak Harbor in 1971 and lived on Locust Street for 24 years, where Linda taught art at the high school for 30 years.
While in high school, Chuck worked at McDonald's, Sandusky. Following high school, he went to work for Sandusky Foundry and Machine Co. as a draftsman. Later, for Standard Products Co., Port Clinton, as a tooling engineer. He finished his career at National Machinery Co., Tiffin, retiring in 2001 due to health reasons after 22 years of service. He enjoyed and loved each and every place he worked.
In 1977, Chuck joined the Oak Harbor Police Auxiliary. He went to police school, graduated and remained a certified peace officer until the day he died. He volunteered countless hours to the village of Oak Harbor, helping for celebrations, sporting events, parades, patrolling the streets and a few calamities. He was also a member of Elk's Lodge No. 1718, Port Clinton. When he could, Chuck loved boating, fishing and playing cards with his friends.
His parents; wife, Linda; two brothers-in-law, Richard Gardner and Donald Gardner; and sister-in-law, Ruth D'Clute, cxpreceded him in death.
He is survived by his brother, Donald, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. today, Nov. 26, 2013, with a parish wake service to begin at 7 p.m. at Crosser Funeral Home, Oak Harbor.
His Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, with the Rev. Timothy Farris celebrant. Burial will follow at Clay Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Boniface Catholic Church or Oak Harbor Police Auxiliary.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.crosserfuneralhome.com.