Charles Deeds

January 8, 1934 - February 21, 2019
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Charles L. Deeds, 85, of Dover, Ohio, died Thursday, February 21, 2019, in his home following a period of declining health.

Charlie was a family man and businessman. He was married for 63 years to the love of his life, Virginia (Williams) Deeds.

In addition to Virginia, Charlie is survived by his four children, M…

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Charles L. Deeds, 85, of Dover, Ohio, died Thursday, February 21, 2019, in his home following a period of declining health.

Charlie was a family man and businessman. He was married for 63 years to the love of his life, Virginia (Williams) Deeds.

In addition to Virginia, Charlie is survived by his four children, Melinda S. Deeds, Ginger D. (David) Giesen, C. Jason (Erin) Deeds, and Stephanie D. (fiancé, Rob Stewart) Sanda; 11 grandchildren including William (Sarah) Giesen, Taylor (Tyler) Scofield, Kathleen (fiancé, Dennis Holowaty) Deeds, Claire (fiancé, Kellen Blomquist) Giesen, Charles J. Deeds, Thomas Giesen, Megan Deeds, Mary Deeds, Abigail Sanda, Chase Sanda, and Bridget Deeds; 2 great-grandsons, Jayden and Brooks Giesen; his sister, Joan Mortimer of Zanesville; his brother-in-law, Ted (Connie) Williams and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Deeds; son-in-law, Joseph Sanda; and, among others, a special friend and brother-in-law, Ken Mortimer.

Born January 8, 1934, in Zanesville, Ohio, Charlie was the son of the late Edward Lemoine and Fannie (Uher) Deeds. He graduated from Newark High School in 1952, where he excelled academically, on the track and playing basketball. He was named Second Team All Ohio his Senior year. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1956 from Baldwin-Wallace University, where he was a member of the Men’s National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He played on the Tri-State All Star Basketball team in 1954, and was featured in the l955-56 edition of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Following his graduation, he continued graduate studies at The Ohio State University, and began his career in management with the Newark, Ohio, and Barrington, New Jersey, plants of the Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation. In 1961, Charlie began his 16-year tenure as executive vice-president of Snyder Manufacturing Company, Inc. in New Philadelphia, and, in 1977, accepted the position of president of Zimmer Patient Care Division of New Philadelphia, Dover, and Statesville, NC, which he held until his retirement in l997.

Charlie was devoted to the betterment of his community, a commitment that was honored as he was inducted into the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in l996, received the Vic Marsh Award from the United Way in l999, and the Helping Hands Award from the Rainbow Connection in 2000. He was also recognized by Baldwin-Wallace University with an honorary Doctorate in Business degree in May, 2000.

During his lifetime Charlie was a member of numerous organizations, including the Frazeysburg Lodge F. & A.M., since 1955; Tuscarawas County Personnel Association; Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary; and the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Dover First United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees.

Charlie also served as: Trustee, Tuscarawas County CIC (1970-2000); Trustee, Union Hospital (1973-2005); Director, Bank One of Dover (1974-2006); Trustee, Baldwin-Wallace University (1983-2000) and Chairman, Baldwin-Wallace University National Alumni (1998-1999); member, Dean’s Advisory Board, School of Business, Kent State University (1984-2014); member, Board of Directors, Tuscarawas County YMCA (1972-1974, 1999-2000); member, Board of Trustees, Tuscarawas County YMCA (1984-1988, 1991-1995); member, Foundation for the Future Committee for Dover City Schools (1991-1992); member, Dover Mayor’s Citizens Advisory Committee (1992-1993); Co-chairman, Union Hospital Building Expansion Campaign (1992); member, Union Hospital Building Fund Committee (2005); Tuscarawas County Chairman, Safety Campaign for the Division of Safety and Hygiene of the State of Ohio (1963); Tuscarawas County Finance Committee Chairman, Children’s Hospital of Columbus (1964); Tuscarawas County Alumni Gifts Chairman, Baldwin Wallace University (1964-1984); President, Dover City Council (1968-1969); Arbitrator, Dover School Board/Dover Education Association (1971); Manager, five successful Dover mayoral campaigns ( 1972-1988); Finance Chairman, Tuscarawas County Joint Vocational School Campaign (1974); member, Citizens’ Advisory Council for the Mental Health Center (1975); Finance Chairman, Tuscarawas County Boy Scouts of America (1984); President, Union Country Club (1985); Chairman, County Study Committee on Taxation (1986); member, Kent State University, Tuscarawas Board Foundation (2008-2013); and Chairman, Capital Campaign for a new building, Salvation Army (2007).

Charlie loved life. He very much appreciated his family, many colleagues, friends, and his Labrador Retrievers. He enjoyed spending time on the farm, history, and analysis. He was generous, fun-loving, wise and sincere.

The community is invited to visit with one another and Charlie’s family in the Geib Funeral Center, 5600 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, Ohio 44622, on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 5 to 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Charlie’s life, Pastor Dave St. Aubin officiating, will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019. The service will begin at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Both will take place in Dover’s First United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow in Dover Burial Park.

Memorial contributions in Charlie’s memory may be directed to the Dover First United Methodist Church, 1725 N. Wooster, Ave., Dover, OH 44622.


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Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 9:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

Dover First United Methodist Church


1725 North Wooster Avenue, DOVER, OH, 44622

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Service Information

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Dover First United Methodist Church


1725 North Wooster Avenue, DOVER, OH, 44622

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

Dover Burial Park


N Wooster Avenue, DOVER, OH, 44622

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Dover First United Methodist Church

1725 N. Wooster Avenue
Dover, Ohio 44622

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Ed Diehl posted on 1/3/20

1-3-2020 Hello I have been out of circulation far a while, and just found out that Charlie died. He hired me at Zimmer and I was happy to work for him for 10 years, until his retirement. He was truely a remarkable man, and I was amased at how much I didn't know until I read his obituary. Zimmer was never the same once he left. I am truely sorry for your loss. Mindy, I remember how much he loved you and Ginger. For give me for not attending his funeral. With all considerations, Ed Diehl. [email protected]


Kay Davis posted on 4/23/19

Dear Ginny & children: I am so saddened to hear the loss of Charlie in February. Those were fun memories from when we lived in Dover 47 years ago. I'm at a loss for words but know I send sincere sympathy to each of you. I know your children have grown at a steady pace as have Jay and Kent. Jay is retired and has two daughters and 3 grandchildren and still lives in Omaha, NE. Kent is living in Charlotte, NC and has one son. I'm still in North Canton, OH. John passed away 14 years ago. Sincerely & with much love,


Katie Deeds posted on 4/10/19

Thinking of you, Grandpa. Love Always, Katie


Dr & Mrs J.C. Howarth posted on 3/11/19

Our sincere condolences to the Deeds family. Peggy & Jay Howarth (joan’s friends from California)


Harold WEST posted on 3/1/19

To the Deeds Family, Your father was in a class of his own. I'm honored to say that I worked for him at Snyder/Zimmer and I loved every minute of it under his leadership. We ALL loved him. And he loved us. Enough said. Sincerely, Butch & Rita West


Richard and Dreama Watkins and family posted on 3/1/19

We are so sorry for your loss and that we weren't able to attend the services. He will be missed dearly. Our prayers are with all of you.


Glenn & Gail Burket posted on 3/1/19

Dear Friends, We send each of you our sincere sympathy and love. Charlie will always bring smiles to our hearts as we think of him and his great smile! His family AND DOGS were so very special to Charlie! Hold the memories tight and know the rest of us will too! Glenn and Gail Burket


Dave and Melanie Archer posted on 2/27/19

Dear Family, We send you our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear husband father and grandfather...Charlie will always be remembered fondly by so many who had the pleasure of working and socializing with him...We first met all of you at Dover First United Methodist Church...Such a wonderful family! Charlie was also a great supporter for the police as a member of Tuscora Lodge #72 FOP Associate Lodge. We are thankful for all he contributed to our community...May God bless you as you go on in life with your special loved one in your hearts and memories. Keeping you all in our prayers for comfort....


Wanda Miller posted on 2/27/19

My sympathy to the Deeds family. Parting with those we love is one of life’s most difficult transitions.


Mike and Jackie Ley posted on 2/26/19

Dear Deeds family our deepest sympathy goes out to you with the passing of a great Dad,Father and friend. What a giving soul he had to share his time and talents. Our community was a better place for having him with us all. We'll remember him fondly. God bless.


Janice Cosenza posted on 2/25/19

Dear Deeds Family, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your dad and grandpa. I will certainly miss our curb-side chats when he was on his way to and from Mindy's. Be comforted by the wonderful legacy he leaves behind in all if you, his family. With Sympathy, Janice Cosenza


Angie Betts&family posted on 2/25/19

Thinking of the Deeds family during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss,praying for your comfort in all the wonderful memories of Charlie.


al van patten posted on 2/25/19

i worked and played basketball at Owens Corning with Charlie in 1956-7. He was a kind ans dedicated to his basketball game.. Charlie, you will bw missed. Al Van Patten


Mike Patrick posted on 2/25/19

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Deeds family. Thoughts and prayers. He will be missed. Patrick family


Kelly Elliott posted on 2/24/19

Charlie was and always will be one of the best friends that my Father in Law ever had. Joseph Elliott loved this man & has shared many stories with us through the years. He loved his time working in all of his homes & the farm- doing projects for Charlie. His work career with him at Snyder’s & Zimmer are some of his best memories. Rest in peace dear Charlie- on behalf of your dear friend, Joe Elliott ~


Lynn Davis Dixon posted on 2/24/19

“A Life Well Lived to the Fullest.”..Sending Prayers and Empathy Jay and complete family...Lynn Davis Dixon


Richard Fletcher posted on 2/24/19

On behalf of the entire Baldwin Wallace University Community, I send deep condolence to the Deeds family on the loss of our dear friend and loyal alumnus. Charlie was a fine man and a valued trustee of BW for many years. He provided insight, understanding and wisdom in fulfilling his duties as a trustee. He will be missed.


Tim and Rosemary Drapcho posted on 2/23/19

Jason, Erin and Family....We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.


Joan Bennett posted on 2/23/19

Dear Deeds Family, My deepest sympathy to each of you as Charlie will be missed by many, as will you. He played a prominent role in so many people’s lives and careers. I will always be grateful for the role he played in my life and the example he set. His commitment to his business and community was unparalleled and unmatched by his successors. It was a privilege to know him and to have worked for him. God bless each of you!


Judy and Ken Eschbachef posted on 2/23/19

To the Deeds family, please know that Ken and I are so very, very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincerest sympathy. Keeping you in our prayers.


Connie M. Pentz posted on 2/23/19

We were very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was a great man, dedicated to his family and community. Sending all of our prayers and sympathy, Connie (Kutz) Pentz, Tony, Anthony II, Kyle and Jonathan


Jim Mizer posted on 2/23/19

To the Deeds family: I've had the pleasure of knowing Charlie for many years. A terrific person. I'm saddened at his loss. My sincere sympathies to all the family.


Jon & Connie Campbell posted on 2/23/19

So sorry for your loss.


James Dalessandro posted on 2/23/19

Charlie was a great man, Father, civic leader and all around good guy. I met him and his family through one of my best friends and Stephanie. He made you feel part of the family at the first meeting. I will offer my Sunday Mass for his memory. Charlie is already having a drink with the Lord. Jim Dalessandro


Victoria Eaton posted on 2/23/19

Mindy, Stephanie, Abby, and Chase, Praying for peace and comfort at this time for all of you.


Marsha McClanahan posted on 2/23/19

Having lost both of my parents many years ago, I understand the sense of loss you are experiencing. The grand memories of your Dad will carry the day, however. I so wish I could come with Lowell. I had surgery January 31. An infection followed and I am receiving antibiotic IVs every day. My love to all of you.


Mary Ann Lauber posted on 2/23/19

Dear Steph, Jay and all, If there was ever a giant in our community, it was Charlie Deeds. Just hearing his name makes me think of his astute mind and wildly successful business. He was a wonderful community leader and leaves behind a legacy to be very proud of. If possible, I would be at calling hours to offer all who love him a hug.


Amy Combs posted on 2/23/19

I have many special memories of my Uncle Charlie, many of which are early childhood memories spent with our families together, during holidays and special celebrations. My Uncle was a very special man to all who knew him. His love for family and friends will forever be admired. He will be forever missed, and I find comfort knowing he and my Dad are reunited again in heaven. -Niece, Amy Mortimer Combs


Vernon & Genevie Bair posted on 2/23/19

Dear Deeds family, We send our sincere condolences with the passing of Charlie. He was truly a community pillar and will not easily be replaced. I remember him most for being approachable, always having the time to talk. He was an amazing giver of his time, talents and experience as all can see by the long list of organizations he helped with. Your family is and should be very proud of him. So sorry for your loss. Vernon & Genevie Bair


Linda Rini Weber posted on 2/23/19

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Deeds family. May beautiful memories sustain you now and in the future. Alice,Linda,Beth and Susan Rini


Ms Allison posted on 2/23/19

Please except my condolences. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. John 5:28, 29 gives this assurance.


Robert & Tammi Everett posted on 2/23/19

Dear Deeds family, Tam and I send our deepest sympathy to all of you, with the passing of Charlie. He was truly an icon in our community, as his lists of accomplishments and contributions to the community are far too extensive for me to begin to mention. He was one of the most caring individuals we ever met, likening him to a "gentle giant." We can never forget or thank him enough for the time Tam was employed at Zimmer. With Charlie at the helm, it was truly one big family and we were so glad to have been a part of it. My list of kudos and accolades could go on and on, but I'll end by saying we are and will always be thankful to have called Charlie a friend. With heartfelt sympathy & condolences, Robert & Tammi Everett


Scott Holdsworth posted on 2/22/19

He was a great man who will be deeply missed. I was very fortunate that he gave me my start in the business world. I still use many of his teachings today.


Cindy Shilling posted on 2/22/19

Our most sincere sympathies. May God bless you and hold you close; giving you a peace that surpasses all understanding. Love, The Larry and Jo Shilling Family


Randy and Sharon Park posted on 2/22/19

We were very sorry to hear about Uncle Charlie... we send our love to Mindy, Ginger, Jay, Stephanie, their families, and to Aunt Ginni. May GOD comfort you all. We love you and are keeping you in our prayers.


Kim Cole posted on 2/22/19

I have so many wonderful memories with the Deeds family! I loved Charlie Deeds like a second Dad. The Cole family sends our love


Cheryl McGuire posted on 2/22/19

To the Deeds family, mere words could never express the depth of sadness that I feel for all of you in the loss of such a great man. I have such wonderful memories of Charlie....a proud family man,gentle laughter, words of wisdom, and a caring heart for those around him. As I reflect of my memories of Charlie, I am reminded of the words of Mark Twain....."Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." I believe that Mark Twain must have known Charlie Deeds because he described his greatness so well. Charlie was a man of true greatness and he has left the very best of himself to all who were so fortunate to have known him. Prayers and peace.


Leslie Kendle posted on 2/22/19

Jay, Erin and family, My deepest sympathies. May God bless you all and grant you peace. Leslie Kendle


Colleen Petro posted on 2/22/19

Sending the Deeds family prayers for comfort during this time. I wish I had the opportunity to meet this giant of a man. What a beautiful legacy. May angels lead him in to paradise. Love and hugs.


Frank Alesiano posted on 2/22/19

So sorry to hear of Charles passing. He was indeed a good man and I have fond memories of Charles and I serving in the Dover Tornado Booster Club during the early 1980’s. Sending my deepest sympathy to the entire family.


Janet Brady posted on 2/22/19

Steph and all...I am so sorry to read of the loss of your beloved father. May he rest in peace and may you all find comfort in the coming days.