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Charles A. “Chuck”, 81

Services for Charles A. “Chuck” Smith will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Schindewolf Stevens Stout Funeral Home in Kenton by the Rev. Scott Johnson and Pastor Chuck Zweizig. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery in Kenton.
Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Thursday.
He died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Oct. 8, 1928 in Hardin County to Floyd and Annabelle (Hites) Smith. On June 10, 1951, in Kenton he married Mary Jane Myers. She preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 2006.
Surviving are two daughters, Sheryl (Tim) Anstine and Sandy (Leon) Billenstein, both of Kenton; two sons, Steffen (Denise) Smith of Anniston, Ala., and Scott Smith of Kenton; grandchildren, Lance (Jody) England of Troy, Matt Billenstein of San Francisco, Calif., Todd Billenstein of Kenton, Adam (Jessi) Billenstein of LaRue, Sara (Bobby) Taylor of Kenton, Justin Smith and Gretchen Smith, both of Columbus, Conner Smith of Anniston, Ala., Ashley Rigsby and Jordan Smith, both of Kenton; step-grandchild, Triena (Roy) Miller of Mount Cory; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Olivia England, Wyatt and Kaytlin Billenstein, Abbygail and Colton Rigsby and Noah Smith; brothers, George (Pat) Smith of Kenton and Gail “Steve” (Frances) Smith of Highland Home, Ala.; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters Betty Osborn, Helen Steed and Mary Hopkins and brothers, Wilbur, John and Billy Smith.
He retired from the Kenton Police Department in 1975 after ten years as an officer. He then worked at the Kenton City Schools as a custodian at various buildings and as a bus driver. He retired in August, 1992.
A 1948 graduate of Kenton High School, he was a member of the St. John’s United Church of Christ, Kenton Elks Lodge 157 and Kenton Moose Family Center 428.
He was a member of the Coffee Cups camping group.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1950 and then was a member of the National Guard for 18 years.
He served on the Kenton City Council for three terms as the Third Ward councilman. He was a past president of the Westview PTA.
In the 1960s, Chuck would be remembered for operating the Teen Canteen in Kenton.
Condolences may be sent to stoutfh@windstream.net.
Memorials may be made to Hardin County Hospice.
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There are some memories that are a part of our youth that we feel should be frozen in time, never growing old or changing.   We feel we are entitled to put them up on a shelf, in a safe place.  Then, when we are ready, we can pull them down. Touch them. Hug them. Love them and smile.   They will make us feel safe and young and innocent  again.  In our youth, when all things in our lives were good and we were the center of our dreams and oblivious to the troubles of the outside world, we could take those special dreams down from the shelf.  Then, after our dream visit, we could put it back on the shelf, until the next time . 

 Chuck Smith was one of those safe and innocent icons that was part of my youth. 

He was always there serving, smiling, making you feel safe, because you knew he really cared about you, as an individual.   He never grew old. He never changed.  When I would see him around town, over the years, he always looked the same.  In his presence, I would revert back to being one of his  "kids at the canteen",  waiting for his approval to exchange a compliment with him.  

 On a football Friday night, in 2008, I walked thru the iron gates at the middle school. There, at the bottom of the driveway, Chuck stood guard.  This was a closed area to most cars because of the pedestrian traffic in and out of the game.  As I said my hello's to Chuck, he let me know it was his 80th birthday.  He chose to spend it doing what he had done for so many years ---being there for the kids.   I went up the hill to our tailgate party and brought back a sandwich and a dessert.  We sat there in the grass and talked till the game was about to start.   I wished him a happy birthday.  I offered to sing, which, he quickly declined with a smile and a chuckle. 

 I don't remember the exact day, when I heard on the scanner  that an 80 year old had fallen.  I knew, from the address, it had to be Chuck.  I called his brother and called the ER later,  to make sure someone had gone to the hospital with him.   The diagnosis was-- a stroke.    For the next several months Chuck became even more of a roll model for me.   During these last months, he had his legs removed.   He had cancer in addition to dialysis 3 times a week.    But, he continued to be the strong, consistant man with a quick story and a smile.    

 We spent many days sitting and talking, this last year of his life.  Never did we part without a prayer and a thank you from me on behalf of all of   "Chucks Kids".  I'm blessed that he was a part of my life on this earth.  But, I also know in my heart that crossing over isn't going to be nearly as scary,   knowing that somehow Chuck will convince St. Peter to put him  "on the Gate"  when one of his kids is about to check in.  He'll be there making sure we know all the rules and we can indeed feel safe once again.        Now, Chuck is indeed, ageless.   

 Becky Rish   3-18-2010       KHS Class of '65 

George A., 91

He died Saturday morning, Jan. 30, 2010 at his home.
He was born July 25, 1918 in Kenton to Rowen Sherman and Myrtle Blanche (McCann) Keel. On May 18, 1941, he married Mary L. Conover in Kenton and she preceded him in death on May 26, 1999.
Surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Tom) Landsittel of Raleigh, N.C., and Nancy (Stan) Parshall of Kenton; two grandchildren, Laurie Landsittel and Zach Parshall; a sister, Mary Jane Hart of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a brother, Ronald Keel of San Diego, Calif.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cliff Keel and Robert A. Keel and two sisters, Ellen L. Waller and Shirley J. Geiser.
He was a teacher and a coach at Marion Harding and retired from Kenton City Schools after 33 years. He was a former athletic director at Kenton and the golf coach for several years.
He worked at Rockwell International for seven years after retiring from teaching and was a former manager of the Memorial Park Golf Course.
He was a 1941 graduate of Ohio Northern University with a bachelor of science degree and he later earned a master’s degree from the Ohio State University.
He was a lifetime member of the Kenton Elks Lodge 157, the Kenton Masonic Lodge, VFW Post 3333 and the "N" Men Association of ONU.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Theta NU Epsilon Fraternity of ONU.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served as a gunnery officer in World War II on the William Pepper and the E.S.S. O. (Aruba) ships.
George will be remembered as a loving husband and devoted father. He had a "colorful" personality and will be missed by everyone fortunate enough to have known him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the George Keel Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.
Poem by Dan O'Connor (Class of 1963 ) 

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