Obituary of Charles Gibbs (1925 – 2021) – Salem, OH

Charles Gibbs, 95, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at the Salem Regional Medical Center. He was born December 27, 1925 in Salem and was the son of Russell C. Gibbs and Sara Ellen (Pearce) Gibbs.
Charles was married to his beloved wife, Margaret Works Gibbs, on July 1, 1950, at the First Presbyterian Church of Salem. Together they raised their children, Charles Pearce Gibbs of Freedom, New Hampshire, Ellen Caruso, of Canton, Ohio, Emily Gibbs of Salem, and Margaret Hoople (David) of Falmouth, Maine.
With his wife and children, he is survived by his grandchildren, Jeremy Gibbs (Erica,) Marcus Stanley (Cita,) Kendra Veno (Jason,) and Ashley Deem (Anthony,) nine great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Charles is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Thatcher, and was predeceased by his sister, Nanee Bennett and his brother, James W. Gibbs.
Charles graduated from Salem High School in 1943 and was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus in 1986. He graduated from Adelbert College, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with a BS in Biology in 1948. His upbringing fostered his love of the medical sciences which he embraced throughout his life, and served him well during his years in the United States Navy, both during World War II and in the Korean conflict, where he actively served as a medic and as a lieutenant jg in the pacific ocean.
Charles devoted his 40-year career to financial services and was President of the Society Bank, District of Salem, then Senior Vice-President of Firestone Bank in Lisbon, until his retirement in September 1992. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Salem, and was a member of its investment committee, as well as a deacon and administrator of the church.
As a longtime resident of the City of Salem, Charles was instrumental in the development of the Salem High School Scholarship Fund and for 25 years served as Treasurer and Chairman of its Finance Committee. Nearby area schools have sought his advice and expertise to develop programs that emulate Salem’s successful model. Charles believed in achieving a solid education to develop the minds and abilities of all who aspired to achieve these goals, whom he worked diligently to provide for his own children as well as students from many families. from Salem.
Charles served as a city councilor for the city of Salem for 12 years and chairman of its finance committee. He was also a member of the Public Services Commission and retired as chairman in 1991 after seventeen years. He was vice president of RCG, Inc., a private holding company for real estate development, as president of American Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Inc., as a member of the board of directors of The Peoples Lumber Company and administrator of its employee profit sharing plan. .
He was also treasurer of the Salem Rotary Club and host parent of Eva Lunderquist, the Swedish AFS student of the Gibbs family. Charles was a director of Century House, a member of the Salem Golf Club, a member of the Salem Hall of Fame selection committee, and a member of the Grandview Cemetery Board of Directors.
In addition to his career and civic responsibilities, Charles, along with his wife Margaret, shared the love of his life for collecting American antiques. They worked together to preserve and renovate their home in Freedom, New Hampshire, where they spent the summer with family and friends for over six decades. In his quiet moments, Charles loved to remake and paint, but above all to see his whole family, to whom he brought stability, support, encouragement and unreserved love.
Charles’s funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Salem on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 11:00 am, with Reverend Ross B. Jackson as officiant. The service will be streamed live on the Stark Memorial Facebook page at There will be no calling hours, but family members will welcome friends into the shrine from 10:00 a.m. until the service begins. Interment will take place at Grandview Cemetery after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the First Presbyterian Church at 436 East Second Street, Salem, Ohio 44460, or to the Scholarship Fund of the Salem High School Alumni Association at 330 East State Street, Salem, Ohio 44460.
Arrangements are made by Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Posted by Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services on October 24, 2021.

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