He was the husband of Marion (Bowles) Charsky, Wellsboro, they shared 54 years of marriage together.
Gene was born in Utica, N.Y. on Sept. 25, 1933, the son of the late Arthur Otto and Mildred (Barfield) Charsky.
After high school, he served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge as a PN2.
He attended Dennison University of Ohio, where he obtained his BA in Philosophy. Continuing his education, Gene attended the Colgate Divinity School of Rochester, where he acquired his Masters of Divinity. In 1963, he was ordained through American Baptist Churches. Gene pastored churches in Ohio, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania.
He served from 1977-1978 as a chaplain to the VA hospital in Batavia, N.Y. In addition to his prestigious degrees, in 1979 he completed his Pastoral Care Education residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In 1981 he was awarded Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
He also served as Chaplain at the Green Home in Wellsboro for 38 years, a position he held until his recent passing. He was actively employed as an associate and pastor at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. since 1999. Gene enjoyed many hobbies including woodworking, model railroading, hunting, camping and hiking with his family. He also served as conductor on the Tioga Central Railroad.
Although he had many hobbies and interests, he always put serving the Lord above all other personal desires. Gene will be remembered by family and friends for his contagious smile and wonderful sense of humor.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Marion Charsky, Wellsboro; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin (Bethanne) Charsky, Lyons, Brett (Colleen) Charsky, Pulaski, N.Y. and Bruce (Tracy Zuber) Charsky, Mountain Top; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Ben, Justin, Micah, Lexi, Katie and Aaron.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Griffith and his stepmother, Norma Charsky.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Gene's name to either Family Life Ministries, 7634 County Route 14, Bath, NY 14810, or Friends of Colegio Moriah Ministries, Attn: Craig Bean, 13 Alfred St., Houlton, ME 04730.
Gene's memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Wellsboro, 25 Central Avenue, Wellsboro. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey McCleary will officiate with military honors to follow. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects for two hours prior to service, from 1-3 p.m. at the church. To share your fondest memories of Gene, please visit www.tusseymosher.com
Local arrangements are entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., Wellsboro.