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1934 Charles 2021

Charles J. Arnsbarger

August 24, 1934 — March 17, 2021

Charles J. Arnsbarger August 24, 1934 – March 17, 2021

Charles Arnsbarger, son of Howard and Florence Arnsbarger, died at home on March 17, 2021. He graduated from North High School in Columbus and The Ohio State University with a degree in Commerce and Business Administration, where he was vice-president of his fraternity, Sigma Chi, and active in the Romophos and Sphinx honoraries, the Ohio Union Board of Overseers, and the Air Force ROTC. Following college, he entered U.S. Air Force pilot training in Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida, then did a tour in Iceland as a radar director on the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line during the “Cold War”, leaving as a Captain in the USAF Reserves. Chuck worked for E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. in Wilmington, Delaware as an advertising director for various products, including Teflon. He moved his family to Lancaster, Ohio, where he was Marketing Director for Anchor Hocking Glass Container Division, and ultimately Vice President of Public Affairs, which required him to travel to Washington, D.C. on a weekly basis for several years as a lobbyist for litter abatement, de-regulation of natural gas, and use of reclaimed glass as a paving material. Later, Chuck established an aircraft brokerage, then studied accounting to become a tax preparer with Blind & Notestone and Coopers & Lybrand. He was a board member of the Ohio and Lancaster Chambers of Commerce, Lancaster Rotary, Fairfield County United Way, and Highlander Class Sailing Association, and active in Symposiarchs. He loved sailing, airplanes, and traveling with his family. Chuck is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty; their three children, Linda (Brian Busey), Bruce (Mary), and Karen (Mike Chuvalas); and five grandchildren, Nick (Emily) and Chris Chuvalas (Elizabeth), Madison Arnsbarger, and Brendan and Ben Busey. Chuck’s sister Elaine lives in Aiken, SC. There will be a private family memorial service. Contributions in his memory may be made to First United Methodist Church (163 E. Wheeling Street), the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (145 E. Main Street), or the Fairfield County Heritage Association (105 E. Wheeling St.). Chuck was honest as the day is long, a role model for his many friends and entire family. A thoroughly good man, of him it may be said that no matter what, he always did the right thing.

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