Charles Eugene Hansen
June 10, 1929 ‒ October 26, 2015
LEXINGTON: Charles Eugene Hansen, 86, of Lexington passed away Monday October 26, 2015 in Lexington Court Care Center.
The son of Thomas and Della Hansen, Charles was born June 10, 1929 in Akron. He was graduated from Hower High School in Akron and attended Akron University.
Charles loved serving people and the community. For over 20 years, he served as a councilman for the Village of Lexington. During his tenure as councilman, Charles worked with CSX Railroad along with the village to purchase the depot which is now the Senior Citizens Center.
Charles was a retired member of the Lexington Elks #2554, Lexington Kiwanis (including serving in the roles of president and lieutenant governor) and Lexington Moose Lodge 2511. He had been a 32nd degree mason, as well as trustee for the Lexington Senior Citizens Center.
Both Charles and his wife Jean, loved theatre and the arts. In the mid 1980’s the two worked to restore the Renaissance Theatre. For 30 years, Charles volunteered as a ticket collector and assisted with many behind the scenes projects.
A skilled musician, Charles played the piano and organ by ear. He served on the board of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ and was selected as one of seven musicians who participated in organ performances for the community.
Charles had a lifelong career in the telecommunications industry. In the early 1950’s he began as a lineman for Ohio Bell. In 1972 he joined Sprint as a certified engineer and corporate training instructor.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean, whom he wed on August 2, 1953. He is also survived by three children, David (Patty) Hansen of Mansfield, Susan Gillespie of Warren, Julie (Kevin) Lundy of Columbia, South Carolina; two grandchildren Ryan and Hannah Gillespie; brother Gerald (Gladys) Hansen.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Tom and sister-in-law Jean.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 3-4pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service will begin at 4 pm.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com