WARREN – Fly fishing is lonely, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and mixed with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It’s not even clear if catching fish is really the point. But to Dr Charles Thomas “Mandrel” Moxley, fly fishing was his peace. Tuesday, September 21, 2021, Chuck, 61, took his place at the edge of a heavenly trout stream, fly rod in hand.
Chuck was born August 19, 1960 in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Youngstown in November 1962, where he and his family stayed until they moved to Rootstown in 1968, before landing in Barnesville in 1970.
He graduated from Barnesville High School in 1978, where he was a student-athlete on the wrestling and football teams. He continued his education at Ohio State University from 1978 to 1983, where he received a degree in agricultural education. Competing in wrestling for the Buckeyes, Chuck was a three-year letter recipient, varsity athlete, and recipient of the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Scholarship awarded to a Big Ten Scholar athlete for further professional education. Chuck continued his education, earning a graduate degree from the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine from 1983 to 1987.
Columbus was where he met the love of his life, Cheri Lynn Arvanitis Moxley, in the spring of their sophomore year. He would impress her by doing card tricks in the dorms and writing notes on napkins in the commons. Chuck adored Cheri from the moment they met and that love lasted the rest of his life. They were married on August 18, 1984 in Warren. They have two children, Tyler Christian Moxley and Jordan Taylor Smith (Kevin), whom he loved very much. Chuck was a very proud family man of his children’s accomplishments, attending all the important events and sharing and celebrating all of life’s moments big and small. Providing love and a future for his beloved wife and children was his daily goal.
Chuck is survived by two brothers, Donald Paul Moxley (Laura; daughter Jaclen) and Timothy James Moxley (Maureen; daughter, Madeline; son, Jacob and Benjamin); two brothers-in-law, Gregory Alan Arvanitis (Jeanie; son, Evan and Ryan) and Douglas Harry Arvanitis (Catherine; son, Nikko and Carter). He was predeceased by his parents and in-laws, Janyce and Wendell Moxley and Alma and Harry Arvanitis.
A doctor of veterinary medicine, Chuck had a 30-year career at Town and Country Veterinary Hospital and the Parkman Road Clinic in Warren. The hospital was a passionate project of Chuck with the goal of making him one of the top 10 veterinary clinics in the United States. A goal, like most of his own, which he achieved with his wonderful staff and family in 2008 when the clinic was featured in Veterinary Economics magazine. Chuck leaves his practice in good hands, with great love and respect for his colleagues and clients.
Chuck was an esteemed and respected member of the community and served countless people through his work on the Board of Trustees of Believers Christian Church and Maplewood School Board. Mentor and coach, Chuck was delighted to see people reach their full potential – on the track, in the classroom or on the shooting range. In his free time you will find him fly fishing, tying his own flies (for which he is famous the world over) and cheering on the Buckeyes.
The family thank Dr. Larry Woods and the staff at Trumbull Regional Medical Center for their exceptional care. They also want to thank the caring staff at Mangiarelli Rehabilitation who ensured that Chuck’s last days were as he always knew, working towards a goal and training.
To honor and celebrate Chuck is to remember that he was all there was in the above quote, a scientist and an artist, a coach and a student, an integrator and a problem solver. The stereotypical stories of fishermen do not apply to the life he lived. He was larger than life – and he always had a story to follow. We already miss these stories. We love you Chuck; rest quietly on the stream.
In memory of Chuck, the Dr. Charles T. Moxley Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established, which will provide assistance to a local student wishing to attend veterinary school. Donations can be made to the Charles T. Moxley Memorial Scholarship Fund and sent to PO Box 773, Cortland, OH 44410.
Please join us in celebrating Chuck’s life. We will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Believer Christian Fellowship Church in Warren.
Caring and professional service has been entrusted to the Peter Rossi and Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, Ohio 44483.
Family and friends can visit www.peterrossiand sonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send their condolences to the family.