Close this search box.
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 54
Year of Death: 2022

Charles E. Gossard Jr.

Charles E. “Chuck” Gossard passed away on March 16, 2022, after a heroic battle with cancer, caused by carcinogenic exposure during his firefighting service.

Chuck was born on October 8, 1967, and was a lifelong resident of Petersburg, Ohio. After high school, he followed in his family’s footsteps and became a volunteer firefighter at the age of 21. He was a very active and incredibly proud fourth-generation member of the Springfield Township Fire Department Station 22 in Petersburg. Serving since 1988, Chuck rarely missed a fire call and was most proud when he was driving the fire truck with his son, Dan. Eagerly following in Chuck’s footsteps, Dan became a fifth-generation firefighter in his early years. Together they shared many memories of training and firefighting, as the father/son duo served on the same department for over a decade. At the time of his passing, Chuck had earned the rank of captain.

Chuck was a devoted husband and father and was happiest spending time at the fire station, camping by a fire, or with his wife and children. His sense of humor and witty jokes were unmatched, and he could put a smile on anyone’s face. He was hardworking and would help anyone in need, no matter the situation. He truly lit up every room and made you feel welcome the second you walked in.

In November 2021, Chuck was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage four cancer and lost his battle less than six months later. His death was approved by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as carcinogenic exposure from being a firefighter.

In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his daughter, camping throughout the summer months with his wife and family friends, working at the Canfield Fairgrounds each year, and taking family trips to Forbush’s Ice Cream for his favorite treat, a vanilla milkshake. He was a lifetime member of Petersburg Presbyterian Church, where he previously was a trustee.

He left to cherish his memory a family who loves him and friends who will never forget him. This includes his devoted wife, Jodie; his mother, Nancy; son, Daniel (Angela) Gossard; daughter, Kayla Gossard; a granddaughter, his namesake who he was so excited to meet, Charlotte E. Gossard; and a grandson, the miracle he sent to our family, Case Daniel Gossard. He is also dearly missed by his firefighter brothers, as well as many other dear relatives and faithful friends.

With his heart of gold and immeasurable impact, Chuck touched the lives of so many. He is profoundly missed every day, more than words can express. He will be forever missed.

Memorial Posts


Memorial Wall

  • (will not be published)

  1. You lived a live of honor and left a legacy of amazing children and grandchildren. May your lessons and love carry on generation after generation.

    – Renee Zuzan
  2. I’ve had the honor to know and serve with Chuck for his whole career. You could always count on Chuck to be there and to brighten your day. He is missed every day both as firefighter and as a friend.

    – Raymond Davis
  3. Chuck is still missed immensely by our family. We think of him, Jodi, Kayla, Dan and family often. Wish there was a patch for the hole that’s been left. There isn’t, nothing is the same. Everyone is still trying to navigate this new normal, not just family and friends but our community. Miss you.

    – Shawn and Denise Kelly