Charles L. Vest, III

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Charles Leonard “Chad” Vest, III, loving husband and father of nine beautiful children, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2022, at 4:44 p.m., after his valiant fight against throat cancer.

Chad was born on October 21, 1973, in Ravenna, Ohio, to Charlie and Judi (Schreiner) Vest.

He received a degree in pastoral theology from Hyles-Anderson College in 1996. He simultaneously started a painting company, Paramount Painting, which he continued in each place he lived over the last 27 years.

On September 14, 1996, he married Amanda Lea Murray. Together they raised five daughters, Elisabeth, Meagan, Lauren, Katherine, and Emma; and four sons, Chad, Brian, Derek, and Tyler.

Chad had a big heart and enjoyed helping people. He loved every person he met and wanted them to feel special. His main hobbies involved spending time with his family camping, playing disc golf and board games, and eating good food. He was known for his zest for life and his love of God.

Chad was preceded in death by his mother, Judi.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda; his nine children, Elisabeth (Bryan) Wilson, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Chad (Emily) Vest, and expected granddaughter, Delsie Kay, of Greenwood, Indiana, Brian Vest of Gaylord, Michigan, Meagan (Matthew) Roberts of Vanderbilt, Michigan, Lauren Vest, Derek Vest, Tyler Vest, Katherine Vest, and Emma Vest all of Gaylord, Michigan; his dad, Charlie (Kay) Vest of Gaylord, Michigan; his sisters, Tracy (David) Nymeyer of Kentland, Indiana and Lisa (Tim) Streeter of Schererville, Indiana and Brianna Vest of Gaylord, Michigan; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at the Evangelical Free Church on M-32 in Gaylord, at 12:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

12 comments on “Charles L. Vest, III”

  1. Amanda & Family, our arms are wrapped around you in a huge hug. Our hearts have been with your family now for months. We so enjoyed Chad as our Sunday school teacher, he was awesome and put so much into each lesson. We love you and will continue to pray for you. Love Pastor Bill & Pam Wyatt & Doctor Howard Jenkins

  2. Amanda and Family – My heart goes out to you and your family. We have known and loved Chad for over 25 years. He was ( the only painter ) my husband would ever think of using at our homes. He was always the most respectful and friendly person, and my husband loved him dearly. He always spoke of the Love of God and the Love of his family and was so proud of both. I pray that you and your family have many sweet memories as I know we will. He will be sadly missed.

  3. To The Vest Family My heart aches for you guys and as I pray for you daily I know how it feels to be in this very same place in life. It is not easy and it’s painful and the grieving process is long and hard. But God becomes God The Father during this time and the spiritual growth that happens lasts a lifetime. So as your family begins walking this valley remember The Lord is Shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoint set my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of The Lord forever. (Psalm 23 KJV). We are lifting you up in our prayers and you all in our thoughts.

  4. We pray for you daily as you walk through this valley and the grieving process. I know this walk from personal experience in my father’s passing last November. I pray that others and The Lord will minister to your broken, heavy, grieving hearts and minds. In our thoughts and prayers

    The Lees

  5. My heart aches for your family. May you feel God’s loving arms wrap around you. I’m praying for comfort and peace for days ahead. Lots of love!

    Digna Wilkie

  6. You all have been on my heart for weeks as I have grieved with you. As often as I have thought of you, I have prayed for you. I pray that in the weeks and months to come, on the most difficult of days, you will be reminded of Our Father’s great compassion for you in your grief, and that you will be overwhelmed with the comfort and peace that he alone can bring.

  7. Michael & Shari Parker

    Amanda and family,
    Many wonderful memories flood our minds as we remember Chad, an amazing, kind, and loving Christian man. Our love and prayers will continue for you and your family.

  8. My heart is heavy for you and your family. Praying you feel God’s arms wrapped tightly around you. Love Mark and Laura Gilbert

  9. Praying for Amanda, the children, and the rest of Chad’s family during this difficult time. My heart breaks for you all.

    After the service, I pray you can begin the grieving process and regain some kind of normalcy. It’s going to be hard to move forward without him, but that’s what Chad would want for you all…to LIVE TO THE FULLEST, as he did!

    Such an amazing man. There aren’t enough characters in this space to even begin to describe what an awesome human he was.

    Love you all very much! Xoxo

  10. Dick and Carol Hoffman

    Dear Family, It is with heavy hearts, but with hearts of comfort and peace. Chad has crossed over from all his pain and suffering and is now at peace in the glory of heaven and talking with his mom with Jesus welcoming him personally. Our prayers are with you all.

  11. Kerry and Marcia Allen

    I can still see Chad’s face as a 10-year-old boy 40 years ago. That face is frozen in my mind as well as Judi’s. The years pass so quickly as we run this race. We look forward to the day by God’s grace that we who know Christ will all be reunited in the land where tears, sorrow, and death are no longer. May God bless all of the family. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

  12. Just made aware of Chad’s home going today. My thoughts are with the family and I will pray for the family. I am especially thinking of Lisa and Tracy. Chad was a good student and a good Christian.
    I enjoyed getting to coach him on our basketball team. May the Lord bless all.

    Coach Weber

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