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Charles "Chick" Kitsmiller

Charles "Chick" Kitzmiller, 69, passed away Aug. 29, 2018 in Ft. Pierce, FL. Chuck was born in Akron and moved to Ft. Pierce, FL in 1977. Prior to moving to FL, he was employed by the State of Ohio Dept. of Education in Columbus. He was an Assistant Professor for 35 years at Indian River Community College in the Business Administration and Management Dept. located in Ft. Pierce. He was a member and officer of the Fort Pierce Exchange Club planning and participating in 30 Chili Cook-offs and his favorite pastime was walking on the beach. Chuck is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lesa Kitzmiller; brother, Christopher (Suzanne) Kitzmiller; and many nieces and nephews. The family invites you to share memories at a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Blessed Trinity Parish, 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron from 12 noon until 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County, 3104 Avenue J, Ft. Pierce, FL, 34947.

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I was working full time and was on my journey back to completing my bachelor's degree; I just chose Organizational Management because there weren't many bachelors programs available, back in 2008. I really was just going back to complete a personal achievement. After pulling an all day at work, I would go to my management class to a jolly, passionate, and lovely Mr. Kitzmiller. Mr. Kitzmiller was a veteran at Indian River State College. I would go into his class and would be greeted by the same welcoming smile. He has such great energy about him and his passion captivates the class. He, in my eyes, is a leader in the classroom and a leader in the organization of IRSC. He has a unique communication style that has everyone engaged and in full understanding of the material he teaches. He lives up to the culture that IRSC wants their members to exhibit. He is a prime example of a stellar employee, if you ask me. He exhibited a great deal of integrity that I was able to judge over the several classes that I took with him. I think a great attribute of a leader is someone that can inspire, and Mr. Kitzmiller did just that for me. I went from completing a personal achievement to wanting to make a career change after being in my profession for over 24 years. As John Quincy Adams puts it, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." His actions were commited, with passion, empathy, integrity, and with good communication skills and decision-making capabilities; therefore, I give Mr. Kitzmiller this validation. You can tell that Mr. Kitzmiller loves what he does, and it permeated through his teaching. I will always remember the impact he had on my life and heaven received a wonderful man.

Melissa M Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM