Charles McGehee Isaacs
1954 - 2017
Isaacs, Charles McGehee
Charles McGehee Isaacs, who went by McGehee, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017, while doing one of his very favorite things in the world – watching college football. He was 63 years old. McGehee was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1954. He graduated from Sayre School in 1972, from Denison University in 1976 and from Northern Kentucky University – Chase College of Law in 1979. A brilliant litigator who graduated near the top of his law school class as class president, he eschewed more lucrative positions in order to practice public interest law and eventually became the Head of Post-Convictions for the Public Defender's Office in Frankfort, Kentucky. His career took him from Lexington to Cincinnati, Ohio where he worked for the Northern Kentucky Children's Law Center as a child advocate; to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he worked in New York City as a Senior Claims Counsel handling bad faith claims and commercial claims litigation for American International Group; and eventually to Beijing, China where he served as President of a company he helped establish to acquire former state-owned insurance companies. In 2014 he moved back to Ohio to accept the position of Manager of Commercial Claims Litigation at Grange Insurance in Columbus. He was a member of the Dublin AM Rotary and regularly rode in charity bike-a-thons, including 7 consecutive years completing the 70-mile American Cancer Society ride (including one year where he also rode in the Pelotonia in Columbus). A deeply devoted family man who lived for, and is survived by, his three sons Christopher, Brandon and Charles, and the woman with whom he shared a 38 year love affair, his wife Betty. A curious and intellectual man, he loved to study the world and tell stories, and had the gift of making even the most trivial tale enthralling. He saw worth and had empathy for every person he met in his life, and as a result lived a life full of love and joy. A viewing followed by a memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, September 29th at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Dublin, Ohio, and he will be interred after a burial service in the Memorial Garden of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday, October 6th at 2 p.m. followed by a reception celebrating his life. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund ( or Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058). Online condolences can be made at
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Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Sep. 26 to Sep. 27, 2017.
Memorial service
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
, Dublin, OH
Celebration of Life
Cathedral Church of the Nativity
, Bethlehem, PA
Memorial Garden of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity
, Bethlehem, PA
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Sam and I were so sad to hear of McGehee's passing. What an accomplished man he was. Many thoughts and prayers going out to your entire family.
Tootsie Nelson
September 28, 2017
Dear Mary Mc and Bruce, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your little brother. I know that your Mary and your father Billy Bruce will welcome their baby boy with open arms into the realms of heaven.
Joell Finney
September 27, 2017
Lighting a path, now and always- Rizzo Family
Melinda Rizzo
September 27, 2017
Dear Betty, we are so saddened to hear of McGehee's death- Please know your Nativity family is lifting you up- Our prayers to you all, Phil, Melinda and Adam Rizzo
September 27, 2017
I had the pleasure of knowing McGehee the past few years after he came to Grange Home Office in Columbus. We co-managed the Claims Legal Department for a brief time, but became closer the past two years. He was a vibrant, engaging, upbeat and very kind person whom I came to respect and admire not only for his legal knowledge, but more so for his devotion to and vast love for his family. I often heard McGehee talking to his sons, all grown men, offering advice and discussing football. He always ended those calls telling them that he loved them. I told him not too long ago how much I respected him for doing that and continuing to be so involved in their lives. A good lawyer is only remembered for the results of his last case. A great dad is remembered forever. I will miss you. RIP. Scott Andrews, Grange Legal Dept.
Scott Andrews
September 27, 2017
My sincerest condolences to the family. I am sorry for your tremendous loss. Jude 1: 20, 21
September 27, 2017
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Alan Reuter
September 27, 2017
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