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Charles Alfred Himes

November 30, 1926 - February 19, 2012

Charles A. Himes, 85, of Bellefontaine, passed away early Sunday, February 19, 2012 in Green Hills Center, West Liberty. He was born on November 30, 1926 in Bellefontaine, the son of the late, George A. Himes and Irene (Richardson) Himes Hare.

His loving wife, Janet Ruth Himes, whom he married in February of 1947 in Covington, KY, preceded him in death on December 20, 2006. He is also preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Jane Nichols on September 26, 2010 and his stepfather John Hare.

He is survived by his daughter, Christine (Dr. Thomas) Darrah of Bellefontaine, four grandchildren; Matthew (Emily) Nichols of South Bend, IN, Dr. Joel Darrah of Wilmington, NC, Meghan (Donnie) Frazier of Columbus and Emily (Eric) Green of Columbus, a great-granddaughter, Olivia Frazier, and a son-in-law, Terry Nichols of West Liberty.

He was a 1944 graduate of Bellefontaine High School and also a 1949 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII before coming back to Bellefontaine where he was a Pharmacist for more than 50 years and was co-owner of Jamison's Drug Store. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bellefontaine, the Masonic Lodge #209 F&AM, Bellefontaine, The Ohio State University Marching Band, The Ohio State University Chapter of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, the West Central Ohio Community Concert Band, and served on the Logan County Landmark Preservation Board (Holland Theatre).

He was an avid lover of music and trains. He enjoyed singing in the church choir, barbershop chorus and quartets and playing his trombone. He was happiest when he was "riding the rails" where he toured the United States and Canada by train.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 11:00a.m. at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine with Gene Marine officiating. Friends may call to the funeral home on Friday, from 4 to 7 PM and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery with military honors provided by the Logan County Veteran Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Logan County Education Foundation, 121 S. Court St., Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311 or the Holland Theatre, 127 E. Columbus Ave, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.

Charles was a member of the marching band in 1944 and played trombonium.