FREDERICKTOWN — Charles “Chuck” Tingley drank from his saucer. He had a shepherd — the one true Lord of creation — who met Chuck’s every need. Goodness and mercy followed Chuck, and he was comforted by his Shepherd’s guidance. With so many blessings in his life, Chuck’s “cup overflowed”… so he drank from the saucer (Psalm 23).
Chuck passed through the valley of the shadow of death as he went home to be with the Lord on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2010, in his rural Knox County home. He was 72. Surrounded by his devoted family, Chuck did not let his heart be troubled, as he rested in the promise of the Savior who went ahead of him, and prepared a new dwelling place for him (John 14).
Born Nov. 7, 1937, in Mansfield to Harold and Thelma (Casto) Tingley, he worked on the Robert Sauder farm and caught sight of his daughter Joanne. She became his bride on Nov. 11, 1955.
Chuck worked as a certified welder with Shafer Valve, and retired in 1981. A lifelong Mansfield resident, in 1984 he and Joanne moved to Fredericktown, so Chuck could be near Knox Lake. He was such a skilled and confident fisherman, Chuck would invite someone to a fish dinner … before he ever went fishing. He could catch fish with little more than a stick and a safety pin.
Also an avid hunter, Chuck had a deep respect for the outdoors, and enjoyed sharing God’s creation with his family. He was a member of the Richland County Antique Tractor Pulling Association.
An active member of Berean Baptist Church, Chuck faithfully served alongside Joanne the past 21 years in the church kitchen. He was a member of the Berean Men’s Sunday school class.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Joanne; their children, Cheryl Ashbrook of Ashland, Peggy and James Johnson of Mount Vernon, Timothy and Sonia Tingley and Thomas and Laurie Tingley, all of Butler; grandchildren, Gretchen, Jennifer, Gregory II, Nicholas and Bryan Ashbrook, Tyler, Christopher and Samuel Johnson, Timothy and Amber Tingley, Troy and Jenn Tingley and Traci and Josh Wharton, and Katelyn and Kyle Tingley; great-grandchildren, Riley, Ava and Sophia Wharton and Landon Tingley; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Robert and Carolyn Sauder of Bellville, Larry and Linda Sauder and Richard Sauder, all of Mansfield, Lois and Ken Jones and Judy Sauder, all of Shelby, Sharon Gherian of Marshallville; numerous nieces, nephews; and a host of valued friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles R. Tingley; his in-laws, Robert and Wilma (Kimble) Sauder; sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Earl Hill and Norma and James Moore; brothers-in-law, Ramon W. Sauder and Paul Gherian; a sister-in-law, Joyce Sauder; and a nephew, Steve Sauder.
The Tingley family will receive friends Monday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 9 p.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle-Bellville Road, Mansfield, where a worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Chuck Tingley, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Pastors David J. Pound and Jim Berry will officiate. Burial will follow in Windsor Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Chuck Tingley Memorial Fund may be made at the visitation or funeral through the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield, which is serving his family.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Tingley family, and private condolences to them may be made online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.