November 1, 1934 - May 17, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013 7:00 PM Vernon Funeral Home
Sunday, May 19 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home
Charles L. Lawrence, 78, of Urbana passed away Friday, May 17, 2013 in the Springfield Regional Medical Center.
He was born November 1, 1934 in Piketon, Ohio.
Charles graduated from Urbana High School in 1955 and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He retired as the Director of Maintenance for the State of Ohio Division of Aviation at Don Scott Field. During retirement he was Director of Maintenance for the National Air College in San Diego, CA.
Charles was a member of the Urbana United Methodist Church. He was Past Master of Harmony Lodge #8 F.&A.M. Urbana, Ohio. He also served in the Scottish Rite and as a Shriner of the San Diego Lodge.
He is survived by his son, Darren Lawrence (Fiancee Kitzy Fitzpatrick) of Marengo, his grandchildren Hannah and Madison Lawrence, Jesse Lawrence, Justin and Josh Patten; his brothers, Ralph Chapman of Urbana and William (Betty) Chapman of Defiance; his sister, Mae (Richard) MacGrady of Levittown PA; sisters-in-law, Karen (Larry) Headlee and Virginia Forhan both of Urbana; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents James and Velma (Brandyberry) Lawrence, his wife Barbara (Hartzler), his son Christopher Lawrence, daughter Marideth Patten; brother Robert Chapman and sister Mary Knight.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7p.m. on Sunday May 19, 2013 in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. Masonic Services will begin at 7p.m. with funeral services to follow. Roy Yocom will officiate. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013 in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle, Ohio. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Rest in peace Grandpa Charles. You will be missed.
Charles was a kind, thoughtful, and loving father-in-law, and a wonderful grandfather. He will be missed by all in our family. We will cherish our memories of what a kind and loving man he was, and be thankful that we were lucky to be a part of his family. I wish that I was able to make the services for him. But send my love and thoughts in place.