Charles Minehart, 89, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
He was known by many names - Charlie, Sonny, Brother, Choo-Choo Charlie, Dad, Grandpa, Poppa and Pappy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the late John B. and Kathryn (Funk) Minehart; his wife Dolores “Dee” Minehart; one sister, Martha (Marty) Minehart Remmel; a son, Charles “Chuck” Minehart; and a stepdaughter, Linda Miller.
An extremely intelligent man, he loved books, audio lessons and, later in life, listening to audio books.
He retired early from the railroad to devote himself to his many passions. A self-taught and talented musician, he loved listening to and playing Bluegrass music. He was an excellent billiards player, shooting pool for hours upon hours, often running the table. He had an affinity for the Chesapeake Bay, the ocean, sand, and he loved taking his family camping, as well as traveling to seek warmer climates other than what his home state of Pennsylvania had to offer. He was known to be bronzed from sunshine. He loved spending time with his family exploring Gettysburg. Additional passions included horse racing, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas as he had the mathematical skills to win.
He carried a love of caving and spelunking, and he was often seen repelling out of trees in his yard for practice.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Matson (Karl) of Laurel, Montana, Katherine Davin (Tim) of Avon, New York, and Nancy Hershman, Charlene Minehart and Cindi Minehart, all of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Grandchildren, Jeffrey Rath, Anthony Minehart, Melissa Hanson, David Sears, Matthew Allen (Sears) Davin, Lindsay (Davin) Combs, Anna Weber, James Hutson, Antonio Quiros, Daniel Minehart and Mark Minehart; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.
For many years, he carried memberships at the Moose Lodge 842, Landis-McCleaf Marine Corps League, VFW Post 1599 and was a life member of the AMVETS Post 224, Chambersburg Club and the Minnequa Club, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cremation Society of Pennsylvania.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Pleasant Hall Cemetery, where he will join his parents, wife, sister and infant grandson, Matthew.
A celebration of life will be announced when it is safe to travel and gather to celebrate his life.