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A celebration of Chuck's life will be held on May 18, 2024, at 11:00 at the Church of the Messiah in Westerville, followed by a luncheon at The Point at Otterbein.

My love and prayers to Barb,Peggy, Debbie, David, and the rest of the family.

I remember Chuck quite fondly. I think my first memorable encounter was in middle school UMYF and he was a counselor? Or perhaps through my grandparents. Later, I remember seeing him in the halls at WSHS, though I never had upper-level math.

My MOST memorable experience was in worship not very long after Mary Jane died. He was sitting alone on a pew along the window side and kinda near the back. I was also sitting alone, so asked if I could join him. Something made me think of Mary Jane, and I told him so. I remember the change in expression and his appreciation for the words. I think it blessed me more than him.

That is the biggest lesson he taught me: to share loving memories of loved ones who have died. Do not fear the other's reaction. Do not fear "reminding" someone of their loved one.

The irony of why I'm even writing this is not lost on me.

Blessed memories and love for you all!
Deborah Joy Noakes
(Formerly Debbie Close)

Deborah Joy (Debbie) Noakes

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Obituary for Charles McLean

Charles McLean 1934-2024

Charles McLean

10/25/1934 - 04/28/2024

Charles R. McLean, affectionately known as Chuck, passed away on April 28, 2024, in Westerville, OH, at the age of 89. Born on October 25, 1934, in Newton Falls, OH, Chuck was the beloved son of Frances and Dorothy McLean. Chuck is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jane, and his brothers Fran, Mack, and Gordon.

Chuck's life was marked by dedication and service. After graduating from Lordstown High School in Warren, OH, he pursued his passion for education at The Ohio State University, earning his degree in Physical Education in 1956. Chuck proudly served in the Navy, utilizing the ROTC program for his education. Following his naval service, Chuck embarked on a fulfilling teaching career at Westerville South High School, where he taught Math and Advanced Calculus for nearly 30 years.

In 1996, Chuck found love again with Barbara (Barb) and together, they embarked on a journey of missionary and volunteer work. They spent many years teaching English as a second language at various locations around the world, including the University of the Nations in Kona, HI, and Bad Blankenburg, Germany. Chuck's zest for life was evident in his love for tennis, cruising, and exploring new cultures with Barb.

A devoted member of the Church of the Messiah in Westerville for 60 years, Chuck leaves behind a legacy of love and service. He is survived by his cherished wife of 28 years, Barb, his brother Bob (Sonya), his children, Steve (Lisa), Craig (Marissa), and Peggy, as well as his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and Barbara's children.

A celebration of Chuck's life will be held on May 18, 2024, at 11:00 at the Church of the Messiah in Westerville, followed by a luncheon at The Point at Otterbein. In honor of Chuck's love for Hawaii, guests are encouraged to wear their favorite tropical colors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chosen Generation a Ministry to Ukraine (Daniel and Tetyana Yarbrough)

Or YWAM Lutsk/Youth with a Mission of Montana (Project 3455)