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.