Rix, Charles

Written by David Green.

Charles A. Rix, 92, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 2, 2011, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance, Ohio, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Yorkshire, N.Y., to the late George and Nellie (Day) Rix. Charles married Charlotte Reese Oct. 29, 1948, in Hilton, N.Y., and she survives.

Charles lived his early life in Arcade, N.Y., where he graduated from high school in 1936. He furthered his education by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Houghton College, and a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan in 1951.

He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1937-42. Upon a family visit to the area, he obtained a teaching position at a small school in Quincy, Mich., and later taught at Reading (Mich.) High School from 1952-59. He maintained relationships with many of his former students.

Charles and Charlotte also pastored for 10 years at Lake Gage Congregational Church near Angola, Ind. Charles later served as a principal at Gorham-Fayette High School from 1961-65, and later as a superintendant at Waldron Area Schools from 1965-71. Upon retirement from his education career, he worked for Associated Patrol in Archbold for 14 years.

Charles was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church, the Michigan Education Association, and a 25-year member of the Fayette Lions Club. He was an avid outdoorsman, where he took part in hunting, fishing, gardening and camping with his family. His other passions included his love for dogs and his love for music. He liked to play the harmonica and also enjoyed bowling.

In addition to his wife, he survived by two daughters, Cherie Rix of Fayette, and Cheryl (and Kerwin) Kaufman of Noblesville, Ind.; three grandchildren, Stephen, Ryan, and Kyle Kaufman; and his cherished canine, Cookie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George, Jr., and Keith Rix; a sister, Mary Owens; and a granddaughter in infancy, Kristin Renee Kaufman.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Fulton County Honor Guard will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, as well as for one hour preceding the service Sunday at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church or the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

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