MONROE — Charles Moses Bone, 85, of Monroe, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.
He was born Oct. 15, 1924, in Mount Vernon to the late Ralph and Lettie (Vernon) Bone. Charles was the valedictorian of the Gambier High School class of 1942. Chuck was inducted into the Army of the United States on Feb. 23, 1943. He made and dispensed medicine in pharmacies in Oregon, Washington and California. Bone assisted incoming wounded servicemen, occasionally escorted U.S. prisoners by train across the country and was assigned to closing hospitals on the West Coast at war’s end.
Bone began his employment with the Ohio Fuel Gas Co. in 1942 as a serviceman in the distribution department and after 42 years of service retired as area superintendent for the Columbia Gas Distribution Companies in Columbus. He was responsible for the company’s land rights and acquisitions in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
Charles became a member of the Grove Church of Christ in 1940 and faithfully served as an elder, treasurer and Sunday school teacher. He was a longtime member of the Harmony class and also was financial secretary when a new addition was built in 1983. Bone began regularly attending the Utica Church of Christ in 1994.
Chuck was a loving husband, father and grandfather, professional handyman, enjoyed wood carving and was a 55-year member of the Fun Bunch Euchre Club.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by brothers, Malcolm Ralph and Richard Wayne Bone.
Charles is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 63 years, Lulu (Lu) Biggs Bone; children, Larry (Hope) Bone of Oregonia, Ohio, and Diana (Stephen) Wilson of Lebanon, Ohio; grandchildren, Scott (Nicole) and Brett (Megan) Wilson, Kara (Nick) Roll and Rollin Bone; and great-grandchildren, Natalie, Taylor and Jude Wilson.
There will be a graveside service Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Union Grove Church Cemetery, 7740 Grove Church Road, with Minister Alan Pratt officiating. Family and friends are invited to fellowship together at Ryan’s Family Steak House, 1515 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Mount Pleasant Retirement Village Life Care Fund, 225 Britton Lane, Monroe, OH 45050; or the Utica Church of Christ Building Fund, 115 North Central Ave., Utica, OH 43080.
The Law-Baker Funeral Home in Utica is handling arrangements.