Charles "Danny" DeBertrand
Charles "Danny" DeBertrand, age 89, of Carrollton passed away Friday, May 21, 2010, in Aultman Hospital after a brief illness.
Born March 2, 1921, in Bannock, he was the son of the late Jesse and Naomi DeBertrand.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army Air Corps in the European Theater of Operation as a B-17 mechanic with the 379th Bombardment Group in Kimbolton, England, and later in North Africa attached to the Air Transport Command. Upon discharge from the military, he briefly worked assembling airplanes at Taylorcraft Corporation in Alliance and was a 35-plus year employee of East Ohio Gas Company, retiring in 1982, working primarily in the Carrollton area.
He moved to Carrollton in 1947 and was an elected three-term Center Township Trustee. He was a member of Carrollton First United Methodist Church, 35-year member of Carroll Lodge #124 F. & A.M., Minerva Chapter #123 Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, Loyalty Council Royal and Select Masons of Ohio and the Knights Templar of Ohio. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Carrollton posts and a regular member of the Pelican Club.
He loved aviation and held his private pilot's license, having trained and soloed in Piper J-3 Cubs at Alderman Airport in St. Clairsville after World War II. He spent time as a member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary in the 1950s and after retirement, was a flea market regular at Rogers.
He is survived by his daughter, Sandy (Harold) Newbold of Carrollton; one brother, Faris (Karen) Singer of Sherrodsville; one sister, Isabelle Sellers of Louisville; two grandchildren, Attorney Steven (Jennifer) Barnett of Canal Fulton and Shawn Oliver of Canton; one great grandson, Ryan Scott Barnett (his "Little Feller") and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Ruth Baker whom he married in 1951, and who passed away after 52 years of marriage in 2003, and a daughter, Cindy L. McGonagle, who passed away in 2002.
Funeral services were held May 25 at Allmon-Dugger-Cotton Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Loomis officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery with full military honors by VFW, DAV and American Legion.