Charles A. "Charlie" Ferris passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, after a brief yet brave battle with cancer. He was born June 18, 1948. Charlie graduated from Bishop Watterson High School, Class of 1967, and served our country with honor as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Charlie returned to Columbus in June to stay with his family during his illness. Charlie lived in Colorado for more than 40 years while working for the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Department of Transportation at the Eisenhower Tunnel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert P. and Bertha (Haid) Ferris, and his brother, Robert J. Ferris. He is survived by sisters Mary Ellen Geyer (Richard) and Bernadette Mason (Richard), and brothers Edward P. (Kay) and Richard L. (Joyce); sister-in-law Susanne Ferris; 11 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and great-nephews; and numerous cousins, friends and caring work associates at the Eisenhower Tunnel. Charlie was a member of Elks Club Lodge 2363 in Evergreen and a volunteer and philanthropist, offering his time, energy and resources to many charitable organizations in his community. His many friends would often comment on what a self-giving person he was to help those less fortunate. He volunteered many years with the Meals on Wheels program.
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A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 1860 Northam Road in Upper Arlington, Ohio, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26. A celebration of Charlie's life will immediately follow Mass at the Parish Hall. Private burial is planned on Tuesday at St. Mary Cemetery in Delaware, Ohio. Arrangements by Egan-Ryan Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Road in Columbus, Ohio. Visit www.egan-ryan.com for condolences. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Kobacker House for their professional and loving care of Charlie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kobacker Hospice House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43214.
Published in Canyon Courier from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2012