Sad News - RIP Chuck Dittmar - Insulator Collector

Chuck Dittmar passed on October 9, 2014.

On behalf of the Findlay Club, our deepest condolences to the Dittmar family. Chuck will be missed by his insulator and bottle hobby friends.


FORT WAYNE, IND. – Charles Bruce Dittmar, 81, husband of Donna Dittmar, and father of Janet Dittmar, Joann Wilson, and Sharon Dittmar, died in Fort Wayne on Oct. 9, 2014.
“Chuck,” the only son of Carl and Helen Dittmar, was raised on a farm in Springfield Township.
He graduated from Springfield Township High School in 1951, just about the tallest boy they had seen in years, and played center on the basketball team. A member of ROTC, he graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1955, after time spent as “Pete the Penguin.” Chuck and Donna married that same year.
Chuck began work at Mallory-Sharon and later Youngstown Sheet and Tube. Twice, he was activated through USAR, first to Fort Bliss, Texas, and later to Fort Bragg, N.C. In 1969, he earned an MBA from Kent State University. A lifelong Presbyterian, Chuck was a member of the Christ Church United Presbyterian, where he served as an elder, deacon, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday school.
In 1979, the family moved to Illinois when Chuck took a job with Thompson Steel, moving next to Massachusetts, before settling in Fort Wayne.
Chuck was an avid collector of stamps, coins, insulators, and other antiques. He will long be remembered for his integrity and faith, intellect, love of his family, and a good pun.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters and their spouses; and his grandson, Adam.
Services will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at St. James Meeting House in Boardman Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to OSU Extension, Mahoning County, 490 South Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406, attention 4-H.
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