Charles O. Shonkwiler, 91, of Greenfield, died at 11:42 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at the Adena Regional Medical Center, Chillicothe. He was born on Dogwood Ridge in Scioto County, on Tuesday, October 28, 1930, the son of the late D. Arthur and Kathern Henderson Shonkwiler. Charles married the former Rita Baxla on May 31, 1952, and together they have shared seventy adventure filled years.
He is survived by his wife, Rita, two sons; Chuck (Karen) Shonkwiler of Fairborn, John Shonkwiler of Greenfield, one daughter; Gwen Harbison of Batavia, Ohio, his seven grandchildren; Sarah Dawley, Joel ( Suzanne) Shonkwiler, Hannah (Jon) Scruggs, Jeremy (Carrie) Lovely, Kenneth Shonkwiler, Matthew Shonkwiler, and Lori Shonkwiler, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Charles was preceded in death by his two brothers, Arthur, and Russell Shonkwiler
Charles was a 1949 graduate of the Edward Lee McClain High School, and he remained an active alumnus supporting the many activities of his alma mater. He was a licensed insurance agent for many years with Kentucky Home Mutual Life Insurance Company. Charlie also worked as funeral support staff for more than seventy years beginning at the R.B. Walker Funeral Home, then the Anderson-Strueve Funeral Home, which would later become the Anderson-Ebright Funeral Home in Greenfield.
His love of his hometown was reflected by the many functions he was active in. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greenfield. For many years, he was an active Rotarian with the Greenfield Rotary Club, he served eight years on the Greenfield Exempted Village School Board, he was a founding member of the Greenfield Antique Car Club where he helped direct many annual car shows. Charlie was an active member with the Greenfield McDonald’s Morning Coffee Club where with the other members, discussed and solved many issues of the day.
Family and friends may call at the Greenfield First United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. where a funeral service will begin at 6 p.m. Pastor Susan Allison will officiate the service. Charles will be laid to rest in the Greenfield Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The ANDERSON-EBRIGHT FUNERAL HOME, Greenfield is serving the family. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenfield First United Methodist Church by clicking here or Adena Hospice by clicking here.