|Birth: ||May 12, 1920|
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1946|
Lt. Charles L. Smeltzer, 26, of Rio Grande, recently discharged from the navy air corps, after fours years' service, was instantly killed at 8:15 last night in a forced landing of a naval training plane at Blackfork, Lawrence County, near the Jackson County line. His plane struck the hard-surfaced road in front of the Blackfork school house. His head and body and limbs were crushed by the impact, but persons who witnessed the tragedy quickly lifted the mangled body from the demolished plane, fearing it might catch fire.
Charles Smeltzer was the only son of Mrs. Mae Smeltzer, whose home is in Rio Grande and who is now teaching in the Cincinnati public schools. Lawrence Smeltzer, a teacher in the local school, is the dead youth's father.
He was a graduate of Rio Grande College and was attending Ohio State University at the time of his enlistment. He was a quiet, reserved young man of the most exemplary habits; and his sudden and untimely end has prostrated his mother and shocked and saddened a wide circle of friends and admirers.
The body will be taken to Rio Grande for final rites at the Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery.
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday March 1, 1946, p. 1
Mound Hill Cemetery
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