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Charles R. "Chuck" Ornduff Sr., 86, Elkhart, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Oct. 21, at Center for Hospice Care Elkhart, with his family by his side.
He was born June 10, 1931, in Cumberland, Maryland, to Olen and Thelma P. (Shrout) Ornduff.
Chuck married Cecilia Avina Feb. 14, 1953, in Greely, Colorado.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Cecilia; son, Charles R. (Nancy) Ornduff Jr.; two daughters, Dannette (Jeff) Eberhard, Sidney Ornduff (fiance Robert M. Kelsey); four loving grandchildren, Jason Eberhard, Brent Eberhard and Piper and Gage Ornduff.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Smigal; and infant daughter, Carol Ann Ornduff.
Chuck worked as a branch and division manager for The Associates and in management and corporate staff for Coachman Industries for more than 40 years. He was also co-owner of Santa Fe Vans.
Chuck was a proud veteran of the Korean War, earning the rank of staff sergeant at the time of his honorable discharge in 1955. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Elks, Moose Lodge, Lions and Knights of Columbus. Chuck was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church since 1974, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and usher. He enjoyed fishing, golf and was an avid Notre Dame and LA Dodgers fan.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Elkhart, where a parish Rosary will be prayed to conclude the evening.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior Wednesday, Oct. 25, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1405 N. Main St., Elkhart. The Rev. Jason Freiburger will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Air Force Funeral Honor Guard and Elkhart DAV Post 19.
In lieu of flowers, the family preferred memorials are to Center for Hospice Care.
To share a condolence with the family, visit www.billingsfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 24, 2017
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