Charles “Ham” F. Gillingham, 90, of Benwood, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Acuity Health Care at Wheeling Hospital.
He was born November 21, 1925, a son of the late James E. and Kathryn C. (Geho) Gillingham. Charles was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He was a WW II, U.S. Marine Veteran and past commander and member of the American Legion Blake Brothers Post #46. Charles worked as a locomotive engineer for B&O Railroad for 42 years.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his companion, Esther Myers; one brother, George Gillingham; two sisters, Dorothy Potts and Kathleen McGlaughlin; one half-brother, James Sproul and one half-sister, Laura Farber.
Charles is survived by his two daughters, Diana M. (Gregory) Pond, of Moundsville and Karen (John) Kalfas, of Pittsburgh, PA; five grandchildren, Lori Carroll, Gregory (Maria) Pond Jr., Michael Sabo, Chuck Sabo, and Karoline Surman; nine great-grandchildren, Madison, Gage, and Landon Carroll, Isabella and Evan Pond, Austin and Michael Sabo, and Allison and Charlie Surman; several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Luigi.
Family and friends will be received Monday, March 28, 2016 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm, at Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, March 29, at 11 am at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Bekeh Utietiang officiating. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Catholic Church in C/O www.tmcfunding.com.
Condolences may be offered online at www.altmeyer.com.