Rev. Charles F. Cooley

CRIDERSVILLE – The Rev. Charles F. “Chuck” Cooley, 95, died at 10 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at Otterbein Cridersville.

He was born June 27, 1918, in Ashtabula to Merrill F. and Nelle E. Copeland Cooley, who preceded him in death.

On Feb. 28, 1942, he married Martha Louise Knipper, who died Jan. 26, 2009.

He was a United Methodist pastor, primarily serving in campus ministry at Ohio University Wesley Foundation, then the W.F. at Western Michigan University, and later King’s Way Fellowship at Ohio State.

Other pastorates included West Mecca (1940-43), Cairo and Columbus Westgate UMC.

A graduate of Harding High School, the University of Oregon and Garrett Biblical Institute, he had also studied at Kent State. He had been a cheerleader at both Harding and Kent. He also had worked at Rebecca Williams Community House in Warren.

A pacifist, he was a conscientious objector, serving in Civilian Public Service during World War II. Since retiring, he wrote a self-published book about CPS based on his correspondence with Louise. The book is titled “Obeying the Commandment, Trusting the Beatitude” and has a forward by the late Mark Hatfield, U.S. Senator from Oregon.

Charles also was instrumental in organizing Midwest Peacemakers, which encouraged nonviolence and peace.

Survivors include his brother, Franklin (Alice) Cooley of Elida; a niece, Sharon (William) Kelley of Springfield; three nephews, William Cooley, David (Amanda) Cooley and Kevin (Barb) Cooley, all of Lima; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Cremation services were provided by Bayliff and Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.

A memorial service will be at Newcomer’s Funeral Home, Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, at a later date.

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