|Name:||Charles William Hirby|
|Birth Date:||09 / 30 / 1916|
|Death Date:||08 / 04 / 2002|
PERRYSVILLE: Charles William Hirby, 85, of Township Road 1097, Perrysville, died Sunday morning August 4, 2002, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a long illness.
He was born September 30, 1916, in Defiance to August W. and Nellie (Houser) Hirby, and was graduated from Staunton High School in Troy in 1934.
From 1944 to 1969 he owned and operated Hirby's Sinclair Service Station in Piqua, and retired from Piqua Electric in 1980. A licensed realtor, Charlie had volunteered with the Bruckner Nature Center in Miami County.
In 1993 he moved from West Milton to the Perrysville-area farm, affectionately named "Gobbler's Nob," where Charlie felt at home with the nature he loved. He enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, and was an apiarist.
An avid woodcarver, Charlie enjoyed building furniture and refinishing antiques. He attended the Lexington Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his wife Dixie G. (Gayheart) Hirby, whom he married December 19, 1981; sons and daughters and their spouses Steve and Pat Hirby of Appleton, Wisconsin, John and Nancy Hirby of Piqua, Tecla and Charles Powell of Piqua, Larry and Donna Hamilton of Lexington, Lois and Michael Crawford of Tipp City, Debra and Quentin Short of McDowell, Kentucky and Wilma Martin of Teaberry, Kentucky; 19 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law Paul and Marge Hirby of Covington; and three sisters and a brother-in-law Lois and William Swart of West Carrollton, Jean Brewer of Centerville and Betty Gordon of West Milton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Mary (Marchi) Hirby, a son, Charles Thomas Hirby, and a sister Katherine Lucille Bordwell.
Friends may call Tuesday August 6, 2002, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 am in the Lexington Church of the Nazarene, 154 Clever Lane, Lexington. The Rev. John Sgro will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Perrysville, following a time of fellowship at the church.
Memorial contributions to the Ashland County Council on Aging or the Kidney Foundation of Ohio may be made at the funeral home.
Adapted by Steve Hirby from the version prepared by the Lexington Snyder Funeral Home and published in the Mansfield News Journal, Piqua Daily Call, and other papers during the week of August 5, 2002.