Charles William (Charlie) Printz, Sr. died on January 24, 2021 at the age of 87. If his wife Emma were alive today, she would have told you he was someone who was a partner, someone with whom she spent 41 years of her life and built a foundation for their family. If you asked his children who he was, they would tell you he was an anchor, someone who always put life in perspective and used his life history to give perspective to their own experiences. If you asked his coworkers who he was, they would tell you he was someone who could take a complex problem, break it down into simple parts and create solutions that seemed easily accomplished. If you ask his friends who he was, they would tell you he was someone who restored the past whether it be an airplane, a home, his family history or an antique car. Charles William Printz, Sr. was a husband, a father, a leader and someone who made history relevant.
Charlie was born in McCluney, Ohio on August 4, 1933 to Charles Harold and Mildred Printz. He grew up in Perry County and spent all of his life in Southeastern Ohio. He went to school and was graduated from McCluney school. After graduation, he worked with his father and brother restoring and building homes until he went to work for the Texas Eastern Pipeline. He worked for Texas Eastern for 30 years until he retired as a Superintendent, managing the organization for the states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. Behind the scenes, Charlies’ real passions were family, flying and history. He got his private pilot’s license at an early age, built and restored airplanes and restored two Model A’s. In retirement he spent time and resources compiling a complete ancestral history.
Charlie met his wife Emma Steen in New Lexington, Ohio. They were married in 1974. Both of them had children from previous marriages and they worked to provide a home and family for all of their children.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife Emma, her son Danny Steen, his parents, his brother Robert Printz and his sister Barbara (Printz) Winkler. He is survived by his sister Betty (Printz) Dodd in Cambridge, Ohio and his loving children Charles Printz, Jr., Linda Printz, Mark Steen (Mary), John Steen, Tom Steen (Michelle), Dave Steen (Wendy), Vicki Wolfe and Mike Steen. He had 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Chute-Wiley Funeral Home 118 S Jackson St., New Lexington with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:30 pm at St. Rose Catholic Church, corner of Main & Water St., with Father Chris Yakkel as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, 5757 OH-383, Somerset.
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