Charles J. Strasbaugh (1924 – 2016)


Charles J. Strasbaugh, 92, of  Forest Ohio, died on Monday November 28, 2016 at 2:19am in Bride Hospice Center, Findlay.  He was born on September 13, 1924 in West Unity, Ohio to Charles H. and Laura E. Strasbaugh.  He was married to Eileen A. Heinrich on September 12, 1950.

Charles is survived by his wife Eileen, daughters: Norla of Kenton, Sharon of Phoenix, AZ, Cindy (Dana) Breidenbach of Forest, Nancy (Bruce) Brandewie of Fort Walton Beach, FL and Karen of  Forest,  Son: Robert (Patti) Strasbaugh of Findlay, one sister (Catherine Emmons, age 96), brother in-law (Feroen Betts, age 96), and eight grandchildren (Ian and Dustin Breidenbach, Maggie, Marie and Nathan Strasbaugh, and Cynthia, Emily, and Kevin Brandewie).  He was preceded in death by one son, Charles K. Strasbaugh, a brother (Miles) and two sisters (Ruth and Margaret).

Charles graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1950 with a BS in education and Bowling Green State University in 1962 with a master’s degree in guidance.  While at ONU he lettered four times in football and basketball, three times in baseball and once in track.  He was inducted into to the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1974.

He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945. He was an educator and coach and worked at Montpelier HS (1950-53), Ada HS (1953-59), Forest HS (1959-62), Riverdale HS (1962-66), and Kenton HS (1966-1987).  Charles was also a member of the Forest First Presbyterian Church and Gideons International.  He was an avid golfer and member of the Memorial Park Golf Course.  He and his wife were honored at the 2013 Hardin County Golf Foundation Memorial Tournament.

A funeral service will be held on Friday December 2, 2016 at 10:30am at First Presbyterian Church in Forest, Ohio with Pastor Mary Curtis and Reverend Rex Roth officiating.  The burial will take place at Franklin Cemetery in West Unity, Ohio.  Visitation will be held at Clark Shields Funeral Home in Forest on Thursday December 1, 2016 from 2:00-8:00pm.

Memorial contributions can be made in Charles’ name to the First Presbyterian Church or Forest Jackson Library in care of Clark Shields Funeral Home, 301 S. Patterson St., Forest, Ohio 45843.  Visit our website,, to extend a condolence, share a memory, or light a candle.


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