Charles DeArmon

Charles Wuichet DeArmon Sr.

Saturday, April 24th, 1926 - Friday, November 27th, 2020
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Charles (Chuck) W. DeArmon Sr, 94, passed away Friday November 27, 2020.

He was born on April 24, 1926 in Dayton, Ohio to Rutherford M. and Mary (Wuichet) DeArmon.

As a teenager, he and his friends called themselves the Kenwood AC. They liked to go to Sunnyside and dance and hear the big bands play. His favorite was Glen Miller. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1944.

He served in the Philippines in World War II, and upon his return he went to work with his Dad and brother at Tower Paint. He later attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 1952. He claims while visiting his friends at Miami University, one night he drove down the slant walk.

He was a traffic engineer for the the City of Dayton from 1952 to 1986 occasionally accompanied by his pet mongoose. He played an integral part in the original freeway design of I-75 through Dayton, and was a past president of the Institute of Traffic Engineers.

At the city building he met Marlene Smalley and they embarked on what was known as the “city hall romance”. They married and spent 51 years together.

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, his wife M. Marlene (Smalley) DeArmon, his sister Susanne Ashmun, and his brother Rutherford M. DeArmon Jr.

He is survived by his children Charlie DeArmon Jr (Amy), Jane Brooks (Steve), and Patricia Womacks (Joe); his grandchildren Chris D’Mello, Charlie DeArmon III, Brendan Draper, Heather Brooks (Jan), Sydney Brooks, Kevin DeArmon, Megan DeArmon, Kayla Draper, and Ian Brooks.

His family was very important to him, and after he moved to Brookdale of Oakwood he still enjoyed returning home each Sunday to have dinner with his children and grandchildren. He loved his house and felt so lucky to have it. He enjoyed sitting on his front porch and watching the neighborhood. He spent his later years working in the yard as much as he could and when he no longer could remember how to start the lawnmower, he took it out to the sidewalk and waited for someone to come along and start it for him. Someone always did.

He was interested in Dayton history and authored several family histories. While his children were growing up, he spent many fun-filled weekends with them sailboat racing on his Y-Flyer at Hueston Woods where he was a member of the Sailing Association for over 30 years. He loved travelling to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas with Marlene, and later vacationed in Ft Lauderdale with the entire family each year.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Brookdale Oakwood and Oak Creek Terrace for taking such good care of him the last 2 years. I don’t know what we would have done without you.

We will have a celebration of his life when a large group can gather safely.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dayton History, Hospice of Dayton or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 |
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
    Woodland Cemetery
    118 Woodland Ave.
    DAYTON, OH 45409
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  • Interment

    Woodland Cemetery
    118 Woodland Ave.
    DAYTON, OH 45409
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Mary K Carrothers Doyer

Posted at 05:02pm
chuck worked for my Dad, J Anthony Carrothers, who was the Traffic Engineer for the City of Dayton the traffic patterns in Heaven should be at their best since my Dad and Chuck are together again if there is anything I can do for the family in my capacity as an attorney let me know

Elaine Suze

Posted at 04:52pm
After reading the loving memorial about Chuck, I realized so many similarities to my Dad. He also lived 94 wonderful years, graduated from Fairview & later UC. MY dad was also an engineer & raised his family in Oakwood. I know your Dad loved Marion's since we saw you there often. My Dad also loved to be in the yard or sitting on his porch, watching the world go by. One difference though was that his grass "never needed cutting". We called it magic grass! I absolutely loved your Dad and how you all included him in everything!! What a wonderful family he raised! Love to all - Sue Montesano

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