The Rev. Charles F. "Chuck" Cooley, 95, died at 10 p.m. on March 21, 2014, at Otterbein Cridersville.
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He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on June 27, 1918, to Merrill F. and Nelle E. Copeland Cooley, who preceded him in death. Charles was a grandson of Prof. C.M. Copeland, for whom Copeland Hall is named.
On February 28, 1942, he married (Martha) Louise Knipper, who died on January 26, 2009
Charles was a United Methodist pastor, primarily serving in campus ministry at Ohio U. Wesley Foundation from 1947 to 1953. He later directed the W.F. at Western Michigan U. and then King's Way Fellowship at Ohio State. He finally served as pastor of Columbus Westgate U.M.C.
A pacifist, Charles was a conscientious objector, serving in Civilian Public Service during World War II. 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. Charles was also instrumental in organizing Midwest Peacemakers, which encouraged non-violence and peace.
Survivors include his brother, Franklin (Alice) Coole, of Elida, Ohio; niece, Sharon (William) Kelley, of Springfield, Ohio; nephews, William Cooley, David (Amanda) Cooley, and Kevin (Barb) Cooley, all of Lima, Ohio; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Cremation services were provided by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, in Cridersville, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Newcomer's Funeral Home, Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio.
Condolences may be shared at Bayliffandson.com.
Bayliff & Son Funeral Home
313 W. Main St. Cridersville, OH 45806
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 13, 2014