Charles Irvin Presar, 80, of Buckhannon, W. Va., died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W. Va.
He was born Jan. 25, 1932, in Gary, Ind., a son of the late Alma Marie (Kellermeyer) and Irvin Emil Presar. On Oct. 12, 1962, he married Sandra E. Hablitzel who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Craig (LeAnn) Presar, of Buckhannon, W. Va., and Jeremy Presar, of Buckhannon, W.V.; two daughters, Stephanie (David) Polk, of Chardon, and Jennifer Presar, of Carbondale, Ill.; three grandsons, Tyris Johnson, of Connecticut, Tyler Polk, of Chardon, and Charlie D. Presar, of Buckhannon, W. Va.; two granddaughters, Meg Presar, of Buckhannon, W. Va., and Maggie Polk of Chardon; one sister, Marieanne (Neal) Coil, of Muncie, Ind., and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Presar was a professor at WVWC from 1967 to 1990 and was director of Theatre. He was awarded the status of Professor Emeritus on his retirement. He then worked as a professional actor, mainly in Pittsburgh, and Roanoke, Va. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a National Leadership Honor Society. He was a founding member of Upshur Arts Alliance.
His son Craig said, “He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, educator, mentor, performing artist, director, role model, gentleman, gentle man and occasional Voice of God.”
A former student Dennis Hoffman said, “This fine, fine man. This friend, this mentor, this gifted actor and faithful Christian. Great sadness overcomes us as we remember our dear friend and college professor, Charles I. Presar. Our grief is tempered, in faith, by the promise in which we all abide”.
Services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Upshur Art Alliance, Inc. P.O. Box 395 Buckhannon, W.V. 26201.
Condolences may be made to the family atpolingstclair.com.
Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home in Buckhannon, W. Va. is in charge of arrangements.
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