Charles R. Tranter

Born: Thu., Jan. 10, 1924
Died: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 24, 2017
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Location: First United Methodist Church

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A gentleman who embraced life in Warren, PA, Charles Richardson Tranter was born on January 10, 1924, to Edith Richardson Tranter and Richard Wager Tranter, and died at age 93 on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the home of his daughter and son in Lewisberry, PA . A lifelong community member, Chuck graduated from Warren Area High School (1941) and attended Northwestern and George Washington (GW) Universities. While at GW, he served as the Washington Redskins Drum Major during the fateful game coinciding with the attack at Pearl Harbor, for which many in the military quickly left the stadium. He returned to Warren to work, raise a family and follow his passion for supporting the Warren community. A favorite quote, “Make no small dreams, and accept the risk of pursuing them,” exemplifies his way of life.

First a news announcer for WNAE-radio, Chuck left Warren for a short time to work as a television director for WNBF in Binghamton, NY.  He returned to Warren to serve as the Executive Director of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and also as the business manager for the Pennsylvania Singing Boys. At the same time he became the charter president for the Warren County Chapter of the JayCees.

Following, he opened a public relations and advertising agency, created many community image books within the region and began an affiliation with Chautauqua Institution as the public relations director.  Chautauqua celebrated its Centennial and Chuck was proud to receive from the Public Relations Society of America the 1974 Silver Anvil Award for excellence in special events.  Always active in community affairs, Chuck directed the United Fund of Warren County for 40 years and worked with the steering committee to build the Interfaith Chapel at Warren State Hospital. He was also president of the Warren Concert Association for many years.

He worked diligently at fund raising for many organizations, including Warren General Hospital, Warren Public Library, Women’s Club of Warren and others.  He became a Trustee of the Struthers Library Theatre and was instrumental in the renovation of the theatre and the creation of the Friends of the Library Theatre.  Later he became the Executive Director of Struthers, helped to produce 18 musicals over the years as part of the Struthers Summer Playhouse, and was pleased to accept the Struthers Peacock Award.

A man of literature and music, as well as a lover of history - particularly local, he wrote and published a trilogy of books focusing on Warren’s past:  “The Way We Were” “Oakland”, and “Wondrous Warren”.  Chuck loved magic, performed to the delight of many audiences and collected unique magic pieces and posters throughout his life. An 83-year member of the First United Methodist Church in Warren, he was recognized on Heritage Sunday as the longest living member, and was a 50-year member of the Fraternal Order of the Masonic Temple, as well as a 46-year member of the Warren Shakespeare Club.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Adele Erickson Tranter, four children - Elisa (Gary), Laurie, Mark (Paula) and Jeffrey (Sherri); grandchildren, Emily, Olivia, Alexander, Jordan, Paden, Jessica and Charlie, as well as great grandchildren, Andre, Avery and Athan.  Also, his sister, Connie Warner (Laurean), sister-in-law Clare Smith, sister-in-law Alice Tranter, cousin Gloria Grotzinger and many nieces and nephews.

Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Richard Wager Tranter, his mother, Edith Richardson Tranter, sisters Jeanne and Ellen, brother Richard, brother -in-law Richard W. Smith and nephew Scott Smith.

Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc. 1003 Penn. Ave. E., Warren, on Friday, February 24, from 5 to 8 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren, on Saturday, February 25, at 1 p.m.

Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foundation of Warren County, 310 Second Avenue, Warren, PA 16365.

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Douglas Leland
   Posted Tue February 21, 2017
I was fortunate to be part of two seasons of Struthers Summer Theatre Productions and to be a part of his genuine camaraderie. A welcome professional in his company. How blessed. What great fun to know he and Adele and their family. He created some of the best experiences of my 50 years in theatre. He helped make Warren my 2nd home. He lived a wonderful and full life and his legacy lives on.
I'll see you in the Green Room after my final curtain!
Thank you,Chuck

John D. Lindberg
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
What a privilege to have known Chuck Tranter since I was a child in the Warren Boy Choir when he managed our business affairs. When I retired back to Warren he was a neighbor and I enjoyed sharing memories of those long ago days. His was indeed a life well lived - focused on service to others. Thank you, Adelle and children for sharing his time with a grateful community.

Anne Holliday
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Jeff & Sherri, I'm sorry for your loss. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

Debra Clark
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Tranter family, Lisa, I am very sorry for your loss. Mr Tranter was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He and all the memories you share will remain in your hearts forever. May God bless each of you.

Dave Oelslager
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
My condolences to the Tranter family.

Dave Oelslager
Nicholasville, Ky.

Tim Conarro
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Dear Adele, Lisa, Lauri, Mark and Jeff, My sincere condolences on Chuck’s passing. He was a wonderful man and he lived an amazing life. His contributions to the Warren have set a high bar for others who are dedicated to service that fine community.

How I will remember Chuck? He was caring, thoughtful, intelligent, cultured, and he always had a kind word for everyone. I just feel lucky to have known such as great man. He surely will be missed.

With fondness, Tim Conarro

Tim and Barb Greenlund
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Adele and family,
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.aChuck was a wonderful person and a true gentleman that was respected by many of us.
God bless you all,
Tim and Barb Greenlund

Joe Deer
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
It was my honor to work with Chuck Tranter and to be a guest of the gracious people of Warren for five years as Artistic Director, then guest director of Struthers Library Theatre Summer Playhouse. Chuck, his lovely bride, Adele, and the many people who welcomed me and the visiting company of actors and technicians made those years golden in my mind. I thank Chuck every day for his kindness, humor and trust. Warren has most certainly lost a great gentleman and a pillar of your community. I know I speak for the many actors, creative artists and technicians whose lives were so positively impacted by that Summer Playhouse and Chuck's endless support and industry.

Gary Slavin
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
I have such fond memories of Mr. Tranter, and the ever kind and honorable way he and Adele treated every human who worked for or attended the Summer Theater at Struthers. For four years I was blessed and lucky to make theater with terrific, dedicated humans, all of whom owed the chance to be in that room to Chuck, and many of whom remain in my life today. He never told us what to do, or how to do it, but he trusted us to do it well - and expected nothing less. A noble man, a kind man, a gentle man, a man of vision and principle. How very blessed we all have been by his gracious presence.

John Warner
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
While it seems that most people knew him as Chuck, to me he was always Uncle Charlie. I am so thankful that Marci and I were able to visit him and Aunt Adele a couple of times in the last few years. Although distance prevents us from attending the service in person, we send our love and sincerest sympathy to Aunt Adele, Elisa, Laurie, Mark, and Jeff, to their families, and to all of the Tranters everywhere.

C. Wayne Kipple
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
Dear Adele, My sincere condolences go out to you and your family. I always enjoyed being around you and Chuck and I made efforts to do that. You are two of my most favorite people. You both were always so kind, fun, and interesting to talk to. I loved working with Chuck on the Library Theater renovation. I so admired the many, many things he did for the Community...a true pillar. Rest in Peace Chuck.

Diane Martin
   Posted Fri February 24, 2017
Adele and your family,
Jack and I are sending you our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved husband and loved one. Please know that we are thinking of you.
Fondly, Diane and Jack Martin

Hal and Gretchen Kelley
   Posted Fri February 24, 2017
Dear Adele and family, We have many fond memories of our years in Warren, and among those is our relationship with all of you. We have many happy memories of the shop, the theater, and especially times of fellowship in our homes. We treasure those hours spent with you and will for many years. May your own wonderful memories help to sustain you in the future. We send our loving thoughts and prayers to you all.
Gretchen and Hal Kelley

John and Sylvia Slaney
   Posted Fri February 24, 2017
We will long remember Chuck's dedication and service to his church as an usher,and chairman of the Worship Committee.

Mark Dahler
   Posted Fri February 24, 2017
Dear Lisa, Mrs. Tranter and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, Mr. Tranter. He was a great man and a huge community leader and advocate for Warren. You all should be extremely proud of him. He will be missed by many. I have very fond memories of your family and wish only the best for all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mark Dahler

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