Charles Earl Dozer, age 92, of Wellston, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 1, 2018 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. He was born Aug. 22, 1925 at Richland Township in Vinton County, Ohio, the son of the late Harley Earl Dozer and Hazel Opal Waldron Dozer.
Charles was an ordained minister, having been ordained in the Wesleyan Church, Eastern Ohio District, in 1965, and then later transferred to the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church 1981. Charles served as a minister for over 34 years until his retirement from the ministry in the United Methodist Church on June 1, 1991. Following his retirement, Charles continued ministering at RV parks all over the United States. He was the former president of the Bethel Camp Association in Coshocton. Charles was a veteran of the United States Army Air Force, and when his health permitted he attended the Hope United Methodist Church.
At the time of his death, Charles was survived by his wife, Leola Pearl Dempsey Dozer, whom he married in Jackson County, Ohio on Sept. 20, 1945. Leola passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018; survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Juanita Jane and Douglas Wayne Thatcher of Lorain, Oh.; grandchildren, Julie Rene Edwards and husband, Chad of Reynoldsburg, and John Adam Thatcher and wife, Lorna of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Codie Beeson, Krista Beeson, Jordan Thatcher, Michael Edwards, Adam Thatcher and Hayden Thatcher; sisters, Edna Upzinger of Columbus and Thelma Ponko, of Pennsylvania; brothers, Clem Dozer, and wife, Dorothy of Wisconsin and Edward Dozer of Londonderry, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents (and his wife Leola), Charles was also preceded in death by his son, Larry Eugene Dozer in 1947; brother, Clarence Dozer, and sisters, Madgie Mellman, Ruth Davis and Grace Nugent.
Joint calling hours and funeral service with his wife, Leola, will be Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Butch Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the Boblett Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.mcwilliams-funeralhome.com