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Charles Douglas Coldiron

September 7, 1932 ~ February 16, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Charles Coldiron Obituary

Charles Douglas Coldiron, 91, of Warren PA (formerly of Leesburg, FL) went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 16, 2024. He was the son of Otto G. Coldiron and Addie May Middleton, both of whom predeceased him. Charles (Charlie) was born September 7, 1932, in Mobley, Stewart County, TN on the 334 acre family farm located along the Tennessee River. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) notified the family in early 1942 that the farm was going to be flooded to establish the “Land Between the Lakes” recreation area. As a result, the family relocated to a dairy farm near East Smithfield, Bradford County, PA in December 1942. Charlie graduated from East Smithfield High School in 1950 and he served two years in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood, TX and Fort Polk, LA. He was a radio operator in the 1st Armored Division which required morse code. Charlie sang in a 33 man choir and played steel guitar in a country western band where they won first place in the 4th Army competition and almost appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. On June 14, 1958 in East Smithfield, PA, Charlie married Shirley May Plaisted of Lowman, NY who predeceased him. They met at the Robert Packer Hospital company picnic where Shirley was employed and Charlie and his brother’s band provided the entertainment. They married the following year and enjoyed 60 years together living first in East Smithfield, PA then moving to Seneca, PA, Russell, PA, Leesburg, FL, then to Warren PA. After serving in the Army, Charlie worked at Sanford Dairy as a milk inspector then worked for Rochester Radio. While working full time, he took evening classes at Elmira Public Evening School and received his certification in Electronics. He accepted a position at Penelec as a lineman in Towanda, PA, then was promoted into management and transferred to Oil City, then to Warren in 1974. He retired in 1989 after 24 years of service. Charlie loved God, family, music and traveling. He was a hard worker and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Charlie was an accomplished steel guitar player and played in multiple country and western bands with his brothers, then in gospel bands including Country Conversion. After retirement Charlie and Shirley traveled the country for many years volunteering for Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) sharing God’s love and the plan of salvation. When they weren’t traveling, they spent summers in Warren and winters in Leesburg, FL until they eventually settled in Leesburg full time. Charlie was a member of Grace Bible Baptist Church, Leesburg, FL where he was involved in various ministries and outreaches. He is survived by daughters Debra Lion (Michael) and Dawn Pavlock (Lou), all of Warren, son Douglas Coldiron (Linda), of Leesburg, FL, grandsons Joel Youngquist of Warren, Kyle Youngquist of Knox, PA, granddaughters Kellie Keene (Kris), of Umatilla, FL Kristy Coldiron, of Summerfield, FL, Allison Pavlock, of Warren, and great grandchildren Gavin and Summer Keene of Umatilla, FL He is also survived by brothers Otto Coldiron, of Masaryktown, FL, Karl (Donna) Coldiron, of Horseheads, NY sister Juanita (David) May, of East Smithfield, PA, sister-in-law Joan Coldiron, of Mesquite, TX, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Charlie was predeceased by two brothers that died as infants in 1923 and 1934, brothers Clarence Coldiron, Clifford Coldiron (sister-in-law Ellen Theresa Peckham Coldiron), Paul Coldiron, and Hayward Coldiron (sister-in-law Beverly Shaw Coldiron), by sisters Helen Geneva Duggan (brother-in-law Robert Duggan), Imogene Paris (brother-in-law Rexford Paris), and sister-in-law Patricia Locher Coldiron. Charlie will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. The family would like to thank Warren Manor and Hospice of Warren County for their care and compassion over the past several years. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, 17482 State Hwy. M., Warrenton, MO 63383 or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Ave., Warren, PA. The family will receive friends at the First Church of the Nazarene, 907 Penna. Ave. E., Warren, PA on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service with Rev. J. Maier, pastor, officiating. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so by visiting www.petersonblickfuneralhome.com

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
February 24, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Church of the Nazarene
907 Penna Ave. E.
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365

Memorial Service
Saturday
February 24, 2024

12:00 PM
First Church of the Nazarene
907 Penna Ave. E.
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365

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