Charles Richard Semer IV, 68, passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Chuck (Rick) was born November 18, 1944 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Charles R. Semer and Mary Lee (Roberts) Semer. He spent most of his youth in California.
He graduated from Alhambra High School, Martinez, California in 1962 and served 4 years in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. He received his Bachelors degree from Akron University and his Masters Degree from the Ohio State University in Plant Pathology. He retired from the University of Florida – IFAS in July of 2011 where he helped to establish and coordinate the Plant Medicine Program Clinical Trials. He found it most fulfilling to work with students. He also worked several years at Yoder Brothers in southern Florida.
He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir, and the Florida Track Club. He had just completed his 2nd Half Marathon and was training for the Five Points of Life Marathon in February of 2013. He was an avid reader. He loved to travel and he loved being with his family.
Chuck spent his retirement time learning wood working skills. He had just completed gifts for his family.
Chuck married Lois Franks on January 31, 1970. She survives him. They have two surviving children, Angela (Robbie) Monk of Gainesville and Ben (Nancy Peterson) Semer of Seattle, Washington; granddaughters Ashley and Amber Monk of Gainesville; brothers, George Craig (Marilyn) Semer Pollock of Pines, California, John Christoph (Melodye) Semer of Hay Fork, California, Mark Semer of Beaverton, Michigan, Steve (Lynn) Semer of Wooster, Ohio; sisters, Susan Buss of Worcester, Anne (Ross) Murphy of St. Joseph, MN, Judith (Jim) Gillick of Akron, Ohio; Aunts, Marianne Gebhardt of Paris, KY and Liz Shumway of San Francisco, CA; mother-in-law, Nancy Irving of Millersburg, Ohio; brother-in-law, Brad Franks of Bradenton, Florida; sister-in-law, Edalynn (Tim) Weiss of Marion, Ohio and many beloved nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
His parents and sister, Mary Claire, are with him in heaven.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 22, at 1 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 3146 N.W. 13th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32609 with Rev. Dr. Richard L. Palmer, officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Friends may call Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service.