SALEM - George Franklin Cheresne, 71, of Salem, went to fly with the angels Monday night from his home.
He was born Jan. 21, 1943 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of the late George Franklin and Alberta Tenzek (Henderson) Cheresne.
George lived most of his life in the Salem area and was employed at GM Lordstown as a painter for 30 years and retired in December, 1999. In August, 2000 he then worked for Roman Auctioneers for eight years.
He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Salem and attended St. George Catholic Church in Lisbon. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was a dedicated supporter of the Ohio sports especially Cleveland Indians and the Browns. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, fishing and most of all cruising around town in his 1972 Monte Carlo.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bobbie Jane (Marquis) Cheresne; children, Heidi Smith of Kensington, Theresa (Mark) Brown of Alliance, George (Jodie) Cheresne and Damion (Kristen) Cheresne, both of Salem, stepson Robert Smith of Alliance; 12 wonderful grandchildren whom he loved so dearly; his siblings, Fran Tolson and Veronica (John) O'Neil, both of Palm Harbor, Fla., Antoinette Tenzek and Mary Ann (Garry) Shasteen, both of Salem, and Frank (Susie) Tenzek of Leetonia.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Smith.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem, with the Rev. Stephen Wassie of St. Paul's Catholic Church officiating. Military honors will be given at the end of the services.
A time of visitation will be held one hour prior to the services.