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Charles R. "Chuck" Temple

Charles R. “Chuck” Temple, of rural Bellefontaine, died in Christ on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the age of 73.

He was born February 23, 1944, in Delaware, Ohio, a son of Wayland H. Temple and Mildred L. Fisher Temple.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 52 years, Mary Hickman Temple; four children: Krista (Jim) Alexander of Lexington, Ohio, Karmen (Terry) Kirkpatrick of Huntsville, Richard (Jennifer) Temple of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, and Rachel LaWarre of North Lewisburg, Ohio; nine grandchildren: Nick (Nicole) Alexander, Brody (Kristen) Alexander, Kyle Alexander, Lauren Alexander, Sarah Kirkpatrick, Simon Kirkpatrick, Sam Kirkpatrick, Cody Temple, and Andrew Temple; a great grandson, Emmett Alexander; and a brother, Fred (Anna) Temple of Waldo, Ohio.

Chuck served as pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship for 30 years and assistant pastor for an additional six and a half years. He served on the board of New Path Pregnancy Resource Center (formerly Hi-Point Women’s Center) for 30 years. He held a deep concern for the endangered unborn and worked to help abortion minded mothers find new hope in Christ and to make a decision to carry their baby to a full term pregnancy.

Chuck’s closing words to family and friends are as follows: The Lord provided for me a wonderful family and many dear friends. I always thanked God for each one of you. I was blessed to experience salvation at the age of 27 through repenting for my sins and declaring my trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This was all because of God’s enabling grace. He has provided for me a wonderful life of experiencing His goodness. Now I am in His presence in a manner long hoped for, and I appeal to all of you to stay on or to take the path of salvation that I have walked with my Creator. He will also delight in being faithful to each of you as He has been and continues to be to me.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8pm at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 624 Twp. Rd. 55, Bellefontaine. Pastor Eric Cook will officiate the funeral service on Saturday, May 27 at 10am at the church. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Vineyard Christian Fellowship, PO Box 131, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Bellefontaine, and online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.

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