CHARLES M. WILSON, Ph.D., 87, passed peacefully at home from cancer on Monday, May 25, 2020. He was born on June 23, 1932 in Marietta, Oh, to Grace S. and Shirley D. Wilson, who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Moina M. Wilson.
He is survived by his current wife, Cheryl J. Wilson; daughter Linda D. Hochstetler of Westerville, Ohio; step-daughters Stephanie L. Warner (Jeff Allard) of Lewis Center, Oh. and Samantha A. Warner (Heath Sparks) of Columbus, Oh. Also surviving Chuck are his grandchildren, Nikki L. Hochstetler (Marc Stiteler), of Lewis Center, Oh., Johnny Hochstetler (Sami Kulp), of Columbus, Oh., (to both of whom Chuck dubbed himself as “Doodah”). Also surviving are grandchildren Madelynn Warner Bircher, Eliza J. Warner, John M. Allard, and Stella H. Warner, all of Columbus, Oh. Additionally surviving are his beloved dogs, Barney and Charley, who were at his bedside when he passed. Chuck treasured his grandchildren and was an integral part of their lives.
Upon graduation from Marietta High School in 1950, Chuck attended Ohio University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education with minors in vocal and instrumental music, interests he would remain passionate about throughout his entire life. After 2 years in the Army, he returned to Ohio University to earn his Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis in math and guidance counseling. He taught for a year in Cambridge, Oh, then accepted what became a career position with Upper Arlington Schools in the Columbus, Oh area. He served in several capacities with Upper Arlington Schools including middle school math teacher, high school guidance counselor, high school assistant principal and executive director of pupil personnel. He earned his Doctorate of Education degree from The Ohio State University in 1969. Throughout this time, he was honored to serve as the first national director of NAPSA (National Association of Pupil Services Administration), with his office located in Alexandria, Va., a position he held for many years, even after his retirement from Upper Arlington Schools. He also enjoyed teaching several summer sessions at Indiana University and Western Illinois University. Throughout these many years, Chuck was involved with Toastmasters, attending their weekly meeting and starting a new Toastmaster’s club for employees of the State of Ohio.
Chuck was involved in church choirs and adult Sunday school groups at the churches his family attended, including Trinity United Methodist Church and Maple Grove United Methodist Church, where he was also a beloved youth fellowship leader.
He had a special love of barbershop music and spent more than 50 years in the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.). He sang in numerous quartets, most notably The City Slickers and The Nite Owls. He was the director of Capital City Chorus for many years and was also a long-time member of The Singing Buckeye Chorus throughout these years. He believed strongly in being involved in activities that were family-oriented, and his humor (especially his “peanut butter joke”) and passion for his barbershop endeavors brought much joy to his family, friends, and fans of barbershop harmony.
Chuck enjoyed traveling and enjoyed time spent at his Myrtle Beach, S.C. home during early years. Among his many interests was his love of nature, gardening, fishing, sitting on his back porch. He also enjoyed many cruises and relaxing at his cabin in Bellefontaine, Oh and his Pompano Beach, Florida condo, especially the air boat trips in Florida’s Everglades. Continuing his love of music, he held season tickets for 15 years, of The Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s concerts, having dinner afterward at Schmidt’s Restaurant, eating his cream puff before his dinner…making certain never to be too full for dessert!
Due to the current pandemic, there will be no service, but the family asks friends to continue spreading love, humor and harmony in memory and celebration of Chuck’s life.
If desired, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, to the American Cancer Society, 4540 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242, or to charities that promote the longevity of our environment.
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