CRIDERSVILLE—The Rev. Charles F. (Chuck) Cooley, 95, died at 10 p.m. 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, having been director of the Wesley Foundation at WMU (1955-69). His work also included campus ministry at Ohio U and Ohio State and a pastorate in Columbus.
A graduate of Harding High School (Warren, OH), the University of Oregon and Garrett Biblical Institute, he had also studied at Kent State. He had been a cheer leader 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 WWII. 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. Chuck also was instrumental in organizing Midwest Peacemakers, which encouraged non-violence 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 & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Sat. June 14 at Newcomer’s Funeral Home, Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, OH.