Charles H. Waddell

June 11, 1928 ‒ October 18, 2009

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Charles H. Waddell died October 18, 2009 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home following a long illness. He was born in Mount Vernon on June 11, 1928 to Bernard and Velma (Spicer) Waddell.

Charles enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 serving in the occupation of Japan and China for 3 years. Upon his return to Mount Vernon he served the city of 32 years in various positions in law enforcement; among them; Police Sergeant, Mount Vernon’s first plainclothes detective investigating drug cases, Training Instructor and Interim Police Chief. He served as Safety Service Director under Mayor Claude Schlosser’s administration. Upon his retirement from city service, he was employed by the Ohio Chiropractor Association as an investigator, and the former Smith’s Home and Office Supply.

An interest in people had influenced his personal life, serving in his church, Little and Babe Ruth Leagues, chaperon for many school functions. President of the local Jaycees, the Board of Trustees of the Chamber of Commerce, the Area Development Foundation, and the school safety patrol and Safety Town. He was active with The Station Break and hosting an exchange student. He was also active with the Mount Vernon Men’s and Women’s Softball Leagues and helped with the Kenyon College Football and Baseball programs.

Charles received several awards serving his community, but was most proud of being the recipent of the Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Knox County in 2003 and the Senior Adult Hero Award from the American Red Cross of Knox County for his shoe polishing project for senior citizens in health care facilities.

He was member of the South Vernon United Methodist Church where he married his wife, Margo sixty years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Margo (Erlanger) Waddell; a son, John (Hilda) Waddell of Groveport; daughters, Marcha Pittro of Gahanna and Ruth (Tom) Robson of Zanesville. Four grandchildren, Mara Beitzel of Oregon, Chip (Debbie) Waddell of Westerville, Alicia and Collin Pittro of Gahanna; two great grandchildren, Elena Beitzel and Charlie Rae Hankins of Oregon; his exchange student, Stefan Ehrentraut of Germany; a sister, Louise Hunter; a brother, David Waddell of Mount Vernon.

Beside his parents, Charles was preceded in death by three brothers, Roger, James and Jack Waddell; and a sister, Ruth Strauser.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service which will be 11a.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon with Reverend Robert Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Mound View Cemetery with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the South Vernon United Methodist Church, 142 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon or the Ohio Eastern Star Home Activity Fund at 1451 Gambier Road, Mount Vernon.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Bowers and the staff at the Ohio Eastern Home for their care and support of Charles and his family.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Charles H. Waddell.