MOUNT VERNON — Ray Champer, 89, of Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Heartland of Centerburg.
He was born April 23, 1924, in Malvern, Ohio, to the late Herman and Mae (Harsh) Champer. Mr. Champer was employed as an assembler for Morgan Engineering in Alliance, Ohio, for over 32 years. He, along with his wife, attended the First Church of the Nazarene here in Mount Vernon. Mr. Champer was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. Mr. Champer was in the first wave in the invasion on Omaha Beach and received his Purple Heart for injuries received in combat.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline (Willett) Champer; his son, Pastor Lester (Vicki) Champer of Shelby; two daughters, Carol Jones of Mount Vernon, and Caren Champer of Schaumburg, Ill.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Herman Champer Jr. of Malvern.
Besides his parents, Mr. Champer was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy and Mary Champer; and two brothers, Donald and John Champer.
Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. A service will be held Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Jack Christner officiating. Entombment, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
To send the family a private condolence online visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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