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Charles E. Vanhuss

July 31, 2023 January 10, 2015
Charles E. Vanhuss
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Charles Edward Vanhuss, 91 died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Irvine Health and Rehabilitation Center in Irvine after a short illness. If a task needed to be done in the cities of Irvine and Ravenna, there was one man for the job--Charlie Vanhuss. He was born July 31, 1923 in Ravenna and was preceded in death by his parents, Elijah Thomas and Fay McElroy Vanhuss and a brother, John Thomas Vanhuss. Charlie attended school at Ravenna Elementary and Irvine High School until he was forced to drop out in 1941 to provide for his family after the death of his father. Even though he didn't get to graduate with his class, he returned and graduated from Irvine High School in 1948. He was very committed to his community. He served as Scoutmaster of Troop 144 for 25 years, produced 43 Eagle Scouts and was consequently awarded the Silver Beaver Award, scouting's highest honor for distinguished service. Charlie was a very active member of the Ravenna Christian Church as an elder, Sunday School teacher, board member and lay minister. He served as a member of the Ravenna City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem. He was recognized for his heroic actions during the destructive tornado that hit Ravenna in 1961. He was the Chairman of the Democratic Party in Estill County and was inducted into the Permanent Roll of Honor of the Democratic National Committee in 1956. He was a Legion of Honor member of Kiwanis International and had more than 50 years of perfect attendance in the local club. He helped organize the Estill County Chamber of Commerce in 1947, the Estill County Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1958, the Ravenna Fire Department, and wrote a column for the Citizen Voice and Times newspaper. In 2008, the city of Ravenna crated the "Charles E. Vanhuss Park" in recognition of his service to the community of Ravenna. He was employed by the L & N Railroad Company, the Humble Oil Company of Houston, Texas and worked for the Ravenna Drug Store for over 46 years. He retired in 1991 from the store and now leaves his beloved community with the respect and love of his many friends and of all those that he lent a helping hand. Visitation will be held at the Ravenna Christian Church from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13 and at the Ravenna Christian Church from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ravenna Christian Church. In Lieu of flowers donations are requested to the Kiwanis of Irvine-Ravenna. Arrangements entrusted to Lewis Funeral Home.


1:00 PM Wed. Jan., 14th, 2014

Ravenna Christian Church


6:00 PM Tues. Jan., 13th, 2014

Ravenna Christian Church

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