Charles Edward Snelson, of Ephrata, PA, formerly of Muhlenberg Twp., passed away peacefully on the morning of Monday, April 9, 2018 at the age of 91, surrounded by his loving family.
Charles is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maragaret Louise (Peg) Snelson; his daughters and their husbands, Mary Ellen (Snelson)and Jonathan Whitney of Albany NY, and Nancy Jo (Snelson) and Brian Johnson of Mohnton, PA; two granddaughters, Laura Leva of Wichita, KS and Carol (Leva) and Matthew Gilpin; and two step grandchildren, Victoria Johnson and Malcolm Johnson.
He is preceded in death by his two sons, Philip Craig Snelson and Charles David Snelson.
Charles was born on September 20, 1926 grew up an only child and raised by his adoptive parents , Hannah and Philip Snelson in Bedford PA.
He graduated in 1945 as President of his class from Bedford HS. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps.
After serving, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1950 with a degree in electrical engineering. He met and married Peg in 1954.
In addition to his illustrious career at Met Ed and GPU, Charlie led a life of service, active on the Board of Trustees and Deacons at Reading First Baptist Church; member of Rotary Club; participating in international mission trips, helping underprivileged in the community; and driving cancer patients.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and member of Shin Hollow Hunting Camp and Skunk Lodge.
He lead an active social life with many lifetime friendships and will be remembered for his sense of humor.
A memorial celebration of life service is scheduled for 10:30 am on Friday, April 13th at First Baptist Church, 210 S. 5th St. Reading PA officiated by Reverend Dr. David R. Skinner and Pastor David Turley.
Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to his daughter's non profit STRIDE, Inc, serving veterans and children with disabilities. STRIDE 4482 NY Highway 150, West Sand Lake, NY 12196:
Or to First Baptist Church of Reading PA.
The Milkins Giles Funeral Home, Inc., Temple is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
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goodbye my friend. we had many good times together. I am fortunate to have had you in my life. heaven is the real winner here. they got a real caring and gentle soul. jerry leva
I'm sorry to hear of Charlies passing. When I worked with him at GPU he was my
favorite boss. Will miss his humor and dedication to his work, very professional.
Dearest peg and family, our hearts and prayers go out to you,s at this time and always! What a wonderful guy Charlie was!! Skunk lodge won't be quite the same !!! So many good times and laughter, his memory will live on forever in our hearts!! GOD give you's strength,peace and comfort in the days ahead! Love and prayers,Scott and Connie.
Dear Peg and family: My sincere sympathy to you and yours on the passing of Charlie. May God comfort you, and know that he is in the palm of His hand. God bless. Joan Cook Gnau.
Peg, Mary Ellen, Nancy, LJ & Brain,
We are deeply sorry to hear of Charles' passing. He always brought us a smile when he came to see us. We'll raise a glass in his honor at Woodstock. Wish we could come to pay our respects but just can't right now.
Joyce & Bruce Turner
So sorry for your loss Mrs Snelson, Nancy Jo, and Mary Ellen. I have so many wonderful memories I can't even decide which ones to share here...Shin Hollow winters, Cape May summers, driving Marjo in the ocean, snowmobiling, playing poker...Rest in peace Mr. Captain Charlie Snelson Sir! You will be greatly missed! Love and prayers, Audrey Loomis Nittinger and Family.
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