Charles E. Dozer

  • Born: August 22, 1925
  • Died: January 1, 2018
  • Location: Wellston, Ohio

McWilliams Funeral Home

125 East 1st Street
Wellston, OH 45692

Tel. (740) 384-2424

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Earl Dozer, age 92, of Wellston, passed away Monday morning, January 1, 2018 at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. He was born August 22, 1925 at Richland Township in Vinton County, Ohio, the son of the late Harley Earl Dozer and Hazel Opal Waldron Dozer. Charles was an ordained minister, having been ordained in the Wesleyan Church, Eastern Ohio District, in 1965, and then later transferred to the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church 1981. Charles served as a minister for over 34 years until his retirement from the ministry in the United Methodist Church on June 1, 1991. Following his retirement, Charles continued ministering at RV parks all over the United States. He was the former president of the Bethel Camp Association in Coshocton. Charles was a veteran of the United States Army Air Force, and when his health permitted he attended the Hope United Methodist Church. At the time of his death, Charles was survived by his wife, Leola Pearl Dempsey Dozer, whom he married in Jackson County, Ohio on September 20, 1945. Leola passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018; survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Juanita Jane and Douglas Wayne Thatcher of Lorain, Oh.; grandchildren, Julie Rene Edwards and husband, Chad of Reynoldsburg, and John Adam Thatcher and wife, Lorna of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Codie Beeson, Krista Beeson, Jordan Thatcher, Michael Edwards, Adam Thatcher and Hayden Thatcher; sisters, Edna Upzinger of Columbus and Thelma Ponko, of Pennsylvania; brothers, Clem Dozer, and wife, Dorothy of Wisconsin and Edward Dozer of Londonderry, as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and his wife Leola, Charles was preceded in death by his son, Larry Eugene Dozer in 1947, brother, Clarence Dozer, and sisters, Madgie Mellman, Ruth Davis and Grace Nugent. Joint calling hours with his wife, Leola, and funeral service will be Saturday from 1 to 2 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Funeral service will follow at 2 P.M. with Pastor Butch Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the Boblett Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to the family at


Condolence & Memory Journal


I was just thinking about how the family used to get together on the 4th of July at the Coshocton Camp. Loved the softball games and the homemade ice cream. Uncle Charles was always willing to take time to play ball with the "kids" among us. Also enjoyed birthday get togethers and holidays with all the family there. Camping trips in "old blue" were special times. Things sure seemed a lot simpler back then. Uncle Charles was always willing to share his stories and his testimony. We always looked forward to their visits to Ohio after they moved to Oklahoma. He will be missed, but I'm looking forward to the heavenly homecoming when we will all be together again!!

Posted by Brenda Shanton - Ray, OH - Family   January 08, 2018

We got to be in service and hear preaching from Pastor Dozer and singing from Leola, we really enjoyed both of them. Pastor Dozers sermons were some of the most fascinating we have hear. They had a very positive impact on our lives and I'm sure so may others. They were very special people. Sorry for you loss but we pray you feel the comfort of knowing where they are and what a legacy they lived.

Posted by Monroe and Tiffany Raber - Wellston, OH - Friend   January 08, 2018

So sorry for your hope is that you may find peace during this very difficult time. They have touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed.

Posted by Patricia Speakman - Reynoldsburg, OH - Family   January 03, 2018


My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I feel blessed to have had the priviledge to be a caregiver for Charles, also very blessed to have had the time spent with him the talks, smiles, prayers and his wonderful testimony for the Lord. GOD Bless You All.

Posted by Charlotte Osborne - McArthur, OH - Acquaintance   January 03, 2018


So sorry to hear of PASTOR DOZERS' passing. My heart goes out to the family especially Juanita. Love to all of you. Your in my prayers. Unable to attend the funeral but my heart will be there.

Posted by Norma Robberts - Lancaster, OH - Family Friend   January 03, 2018

God bless and comfort you all. He was a great Uncle.

Posted by Barbara Jarvis - Ashley, OH - Family   January 02, 2018