MCDONALD, Ohio – Charles L. Friend, 84, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
Charles was born Jan. 20, 1928, in Luke, Maryland, the son of the late Dayton O. and Lucille Wiltison Friend and stepmother Bertha Olive Friend.
Charles had worked for U.S. Steel from 1950 to 1979 and then worked for McDonald Steel as an Electrician, retiring in 1992.
He was a member of the Boardman Baptist Church and enjoyed painting scenic pictures.
Charles served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley Ann Stauffer, whom he married Dec. 3, 1951; his children, Elaine (Dan) Kovach of Liberty Township, David (Audrey) Friend of McDonald, Nancy (Steve) Pruneski of Green Township, Mark (Jennifer) Friend of Hubbard, Ohio and Lisa (Andy Timko) Friend of Canfield, Ohio; grandchildren Kevin and Jacob Kovach, April and Mike Friend, Lindsey, Lauren and Stephen Pruneski, Justin and Ian Friend, Miles Dunlap and Alex Graff; brothers Marvin (Louella) Friend of Girard, Ohio; Ray (Jenny) Friend of Hubbard, Ohio, Dale Friend of McDonald, Larry (Linda) Friend of Vienna, Gary (Nancy) Friend of Cortland, OH and Darell (Donna) Friend of Warrenton, Va.; sisters Barbara Mandley of Fairfax, Va., Juanita (Richard) Barney of McDonald, Linda (George) Cameron of Crofton, Md., Janet (Tom) Riley of Martinsburg, W.Va. and Carol Friend of Falls Church, Va.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ronald and D. Gene Friend and son-in-law, Martin Graff.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Boardman Baptist Church, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
Visitation will also be held on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
Interment will take place at Green Haven Cemetery with military honors.
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