Charles M. Mishey
May 09, 1926 ‒ August 13, 2009
MANSFIELD ~ Part of what made Charlie Mishey such a good insurance professional, were his people skills. He delighted in people ~ be they friends, clients, family ~ and interacted with them on a personal level. More than “a talker”, Charlie was a master storyteller, complete with pointing fingers and hand gestures ~ he wouldn’t have been able to talk if his hands had been tied down!
His tales have become memories, as Charlie passed away Thursday morning August 13, 2009, a result of injuries he received in a July 19 automobile accident. That accident also claimed the life of his devoted wife Ellen L. Mishey.
Born Charles Melvin Mishey on May 9, 1926 in Washington Township to Styrl M. and Mary Ann (Pollock) Mishey, he was graduated from Lexington High School in 1944. Charlie served with the U.S. Navy during WWII, and following his honorable discharge as Seaman 2nd Class in December of 1946, he reenlisted to serve an additional four years with the U.S. Naval Reserve.
On March 21, 1948 he married Ellen L. Lutz in the First Federated Church of North Jackson, and when he worked at Westinghouse, was nicknamed “Whitey”, in homage to his light-colored hair. Work was not steady with the factory, so Charlie did a little carpentry and sold some insurance, part-time. He left Westinghouse in 1958 to pursue insurance on a full-time basis. For 30 years he represented Nationwide Insurance, retiring in 1988. He was a life member of Mansfield Area Life Underwriters.
Lexington Avenue residents since 1958, they built their home on a corner of his parents farm ~ the property which would become Gorman Nature Center. He and Ellen were often found puttering around the flowerbeds surrounding their home, or volunteering at the Nature Center.
“Don’t chew your cabbage twice” Charlie would admonish, in reference to his advice on keeping short accounts, and letting-go of resentment and bitterness.
Charlie was full of one-liners: “It won’t be long now…said the monkey when his tail was caught in the lawn mower” and he used them liberally to spice up conversation…and to elicit a response from his audience. His tales and yarns about their frequent and extensive travel (Charlie & Ellen visited all 50 states) often became so detailed, it often took Ellen piping up “come on Charlie, they don’t really care about all that…” to get Charlie to take a breath.
Charlie loved to draw out a laugh from folks, and often got so tickled at his own jokes that his signature high-pitched laugh was infectious.
Charlie was a former Worthy Patron of Order of Eastern Star #291, Bellville, and retained his membership in O.E.S. Chapter #17. He was a member of Bellville Lodge #376 F&AM, Trowel Club, High Twelve Club #408, and Baku Grotto.
A member of Lexington Church of Christ, he had served as church treasurer and trustee. He and Ellen were members of First Christian Church in Avon Park, Fla., where they wintered in retirement.
Kindhearted and at times emotional, Charlie had a sweet tooth, and not only snuck an extra cookie when Ellen wasn’t watching, but kept his own stash of candy.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Melvin D. & Linda Mishey of Mansfield, and daughter and son-in-law Chelsea L. & Paul M. Deinert of Franklin, Tenn.; grandchildren Rachael & John Henry of Mansfield, Shannon M. Mishey & DeeDee Smith of Marshall, Virg., Robin & Ron Rogers of Antioch, Tenn., and Michael Deinert and Patrick Deinert both of Columbia, Tenn.; great grandchildren Robert Joseph Suvak, Jr., Hayden Anthony, Riley Mariellen Burke, Blaine Henry and Mandy Triplett; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Fred & Janet Lutz of Ashland, a sister-in-law Chris Lutz of Mansfield; nieces and nephews; a large circle of friends as well as his brothers- and sisters-in-Christ.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister Dorothy J. Jones, and brothers-in-law Edwin Lutz, Forrest Lutz and Melvin Lutz.
The Mishey Family will receive friends Monday, August 17, 2009 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home), where an Order of Eastern Star memorial service, followed by a Masonic memorial service will follow the visitation. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, led by Pastor Tj Waters. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to Gorman Nature Center, or Lexington Church of Christ may be made at the funeral home.
Those unable to attend may wish to make an online condolence by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com