Charles Underwood Jr.
1946 - 2018
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Underwood, Charles Jr.
1946 - 2018
Col. Charles "Chuck" D. Underwood, Jr., 72, of Whitehall, Ohio, passed away on July 18, 2018 at 12:41 PM due to complications from exposure to Agent Orange. He passed away with loved ones by his side at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Born on July 7, 1946 in Auburn, New York to Jean Underwood Marshall and Charles D. Underwood, Sr., Chuck graduated in 1964 from Auburn High School. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University, joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and graduated in 1968. There he met Mary Jeanette (Traster) Underwood, and on May 17, 1969 they began their 49 year journey of marriage. The son of a WWII Silver Star recipient, Chuck enlisted into the USAF in 1968, electing to become a pilot without ever having been in a plane. Over the next 29 years, "Underdog" rose to the rank of Colonel and served his country in the USAF and Ohio National Guard, primarily as a KC-135 pilot for the 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker AFB, Columbus, OH. His service took him across the globe, including two Vietnam War tours and Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Middle East. After retiring from active duty, Chuck joined FlightSafety International as a simulator flight instructor training Citation Ten and Excel pilots. Never satisfied with one career path, Chuck enrolled in Capital University Law School, graduating in 1980 and embarking on a legal career spanning four decades. In addition to his private practice, he served as an Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Board judge and a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrator. The definition of a public servant, Chuck was most proud of his impact on the City of Whitehall. His service to the city began in 1989, and over the next 28 years was appointed or elected to the following positions: Zoning Board; City Attorney; City Council President; Ward IV Representative; City Treasurer; and Director of Public Safety. This culminated with retirement and an official Proclamation of Wednesday, January 18, 2017 as Charles "Chuck" Underwood Day in the City of Whitehall. Chuck enjoyed numerous hobbies and passions, possessing a love-hate relationship with the game of golf, watching horse races at Scioto Downs, and amassing coin and stamp collections. An avid sports fan, he was a perpetually frustrated Columbus Blue Jackets season ticket holder, organized 15+ NCAA March Madness trips, and took sporting pilgrimages to Lambeau Field and the 2012 Masters at Augusta National with his son. A man of few words, you watched out for him in weekly poker games, but he was easy to spot in his fire engine red Corvette. For all his pursuits, Chuck's favorite place was Owasco Lake in upstate NY. He spent every summer at the family lake house, and enjoyed nothing more than Long Point sunsets with a gin and tonic in hand. His family is thankful he spent his final days there, celebrating the Fourth and his 72nd birthday, taking boat rides on the lake, and visiting with friends and family he loved so dearly. Chuck is survived by his wife, Mary Jeanette (Traster) Underwood; son, Charles (Chad) D. Underwood III; daughter-in-law, Carrie Lynn (Brady) Underwood; mother, Jean Underwood Marshall; siblings, Sarah (Joe) Hazard, Eleanor Sinclair and David (Kathy) Underwood; brother-in-law, William E. Traster II; and sister-in-law, M. Lee (Bill) Drinkwater; grandpup and favorite canine companion, Midge Underwood; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Charles D. Underwood, Sr. A Memorial Service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Stonybrook United Methodist Church, 485 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna with a visitation 1-3 p.m. prior to the service. Contributions may be made to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, The Fisher House Foundation, or The Salvation Army. To share memories and condolences, please visit

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jul. 24 to Jul. 25, 2018.
01:00 - 03:00 PM
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August 13, 2018
we were in high school and we both swam on the local swim team. Chuck always had a smile on his face and was always happy and a handsome guy. leaving me with great memories of him, his smile and his family...they are not long, those days of wine and roses...
judson davis
August 8, 2018
so danged many good memories growing up: playing ball, poker, pitch, water skiing, raising 'cane'! Very glad I got to spend a few hours with Chuck and friends a short while before he passed.

Heart felt warm hugs to M.J. and Chad-----from friend, steve porten
August 2, 2018
Chuck lived a full and rewarding life, filled with service to country, community, and family. What an inspiration!
I remember him as a kind, smart and wonderful classmate at East High School.
Rest in peace.
Marge Sanford Oberkoetter
August 2, 2018
Shelby Westwood
July 31, 2018
Chuckle, as I remember him from h.s., was always fun, kind and sincere.
I enjoyed talking with him at our 50th.
Condolences toyourfamily May you RIP.
Best,Lucia Wasileski Swallow
July 31, 2018
Chuck was a friend and fellow swimmer for Auburn High School. I shared his love of Owasco Lake and Long Point. I had a chance to meet and talk with him a couple of years ago at Long Point and hoped I would get that chance again during our HS reunion next year. I am saddened by passing.
Bill DeWitt
Bill DeWitt
July 27, 2018
Chuck was a great co worker, great friend and a great man.

We should all remember the good memories and be thankful we knew him.
Cynthia Martin
July 26, 2018
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Roger Pearson
July 26, 2018
Enjoyed meeting and talking with Charles, since introduced through mutual friends at the races. An interesting and thoughtfu man.
Trish Soulsby
July 26, 2018
I worked with Chuck at the UCRC and my husband knew him through FlightSafety. I always enjoyed my conversations with Chuck. He was a good man and will be missed.
Leanne Colton
July 26, 2018
Chuck was my fraternity brother at OWU and my USAF pilot in the C-123s at Rickenbacker AFB for 13 years.......a wonderful friend, a fine pilot and always a smile to greet you. He will be missed by all who knew him. He contributed to all our lives. I am proud to call him Beta brother and friend. Tom Tatham OWU '56 and USAF navigator.
July 26, 2018
I worked with Chuck at the UCRC too. He was a very nice man and always had a smile. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will always live on.
- Brenda Mathys
Brenda Mathys
July 25, 2018
Dear MJ: May your many happy memories and God's Love help you and Chad at this difficult time. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers. Chuck was a true gentleman and great guy. We all enjoyed working with him.

Loads of love,
Phyllis Debenport
Phyllis Debenport
July 25, 2018
Mary Jeanette & Chad:
We are so sorry for the loss of Chuck. Chuck was such a wonderful guy, and a gentleman. He always made us feel at home when we were up at the Lake and he had a wonderful sense of humor...Just a great guy!

Love Is What Keeps A Memory Alive
Jim & Trish Payne
July 25, 2018
I worked with Chuck at the UC Review
Commission for several years. He was a good man. My sincere condolences to his wife, son, and other family members for their loss.
Allen Musheno
July 25, 2018
Chuck you will be missed. I can say that I am honored to call you a friend and coworker. God bless you my friend and may you Rest In Peace
Michael Laine
July 25, 2018
Lots of good times and adventures working for Chuck. He was a true friend. Beautiful obituary of a wonderful person.
Doreen McBee
July 25, 2018
July 25, 2018
What a wonderful life he lived! Bless him for his service and love for his family.
joyce shea
July 24, 2018
Fly Brother Fly ... Angel's Wings suit you just find.

Oh, the memories that only Brothers share.

Unconditional Love Always, Brother David
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