Meadville Tribune

August 20, 2013

Burch D. Challingsworth

Meadville Tribune

CONNEAUT LAKE — Burch D. Challingsworth, 69, of Conneaut Lake, passed away at home surrounded by his family Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

He was born in DuBois on June 30, 1944, a son of Harvey and Zerda Marie Burch Challingsworth. He married Ruth I. Gardner on Aug. 17, 1963, and she survives.

He graduated from Bennetts Valley High School in Weedville and the State Police Academy. He was a state trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police for 25 years, retiring in 1995.

He attended Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed golf, woodworking, traveling, boating on Conneaut Lake and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, Ruth, of 50 years, include four sons, Dave Challingsworth and his wife, Elizabeth, of South Fayette, Thomas Challingsworth and his wife, Dawn, of Conneaut Lake, Daniel Challingsworth of Conneaut Lake, and Timothy Challingsworth and his wife, Kara, of Cranberry Township; three brothers, Ralph Challingsworth and his wife, Nancy, of Kersey, Glen Challingsworth and his wife, Connie, of St. Marys, and Vaughn Challingsworth and his wife, Diane of Sanford, N.C.; and eight grandchildren, Tyler, Zachary, Morgan, Alex, Nicklaus, Luke, Jake and Payton Challingsworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Waid-Coleman Funeral Home Inc., 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.

The funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 240 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake, with the Rev. Jay Sterling, pastor, officiating.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute, 16792 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335; Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335; or Lakeland Area Hospice, 2221 Peninsula Drive, Erie, Pa. 16506.

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