NILES - Charles G. Trombitas, 88, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at his residence in Niles.
Charles was born March 27, 1925, the son of George and Parashiva Ziga Trombitas. He was born into a farming family who immigrated from Romania. Charles and his two older brothers learned the value of hard work and during the Depression they were poor but never hungry.
Chuck lettered as a halfback at Canfield High School, and just before World War II he traveled with a friend to Joliet, Ill., where he met Margaret who would become his wife of 66 years.
He served in the U.S. Navy and saw D-Day.
After the war, he bought a truck and remained a Teamster for his working life. Chuck was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Margaret Pauson Trombitas; two sons, Larry Trombitas of Niles and Mark (Renee) Trombitas of Poland; two daughters, Charmaine (Edward) DeVite of Missouri and Charlyn (John) DeCola of Howland; a brother, John (Dorothy) Trombitas of Lordstown; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a few good dogs.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother George Trombitas.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home, Niles, where there will be a 6 p.m. funeral service officiated by the Rev. Timothy Trombitas.
Chuck also will be honored for his military service by the Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.
Burial will be in Pineview Memorial Park in Warren.
Family and friends may email condolences and sign the guestbook by visiting www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.