Charles "Chick" Ladich
Charles "Chick" Ladich, 68, died April 8, 2013, in the company of his family in Reno, NV. He was born May 2, 1944, in Akron to Katherine (Loch) and Michael Ladich.
Chick grew up in Carrollton where he attended Carrollton High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting at Mount Union College in Alliance. During his time at MUC, he met his future wife, Marsha Brown. The two were wed in Beaver Falls, PA, June 13, 1970, and were happily married for 42, plus years.
Chick joined the Army after graduation from Mount Union College in 1967, and worked for the Defense Contract Audit Agency. While still in the Army, Marsha joined him at Fort Rucker in Dothan, Alabama. After Chick's discharge they moved to Alliance where they lived at the Garden Center of Alliance. He continued his education through graduate work and eventually earned his CPA. Chick and Marsha later moved to Marshallville, Ohio, and then on to Villa Park, Illinois.
He then took an opportunity with the Trans Alaskan Pipeline Company in conjunction with Standard Oil of Ohio/British Petroleum from 1974-1984, which moved he and his family to Anchorage, Alaska. This was during the construction phase of the pipeline, where at one point he was the head of the Alyeska Tax Department. In Alaska, Chick and Marsha joined Anchor Park United Methodist Church, where he volunteered for various efforts, held positions on the Board of Trustees, oversaw the finances for the church, and played on the church softball team. He also loved participating in his children's lives which included coaching the boys in Little League, Boys Club basketball, and Boys Club football as well as being a Pack Leader for the Boy Scouts and he always looked forward to watching his daughter's many gymnastics and volleyball events. He also participated in the Junior Achievement program in conjunction with BP, which was one of his most fulfilling projects.
During his life in Alaska, he owned a plane and several recreational vehicles with which he and the family toured the state and was always looking towards the next adventure. He had a boat which held port in Whittier Harbor, from where he explored Prince William Sound, and enjoyed fishing, whale watching, and exploring the great Alaskan wilderness. He cross-country and downhill skied, dip netted in Turnigan Arm, dug for clams on the Kenai Peninsula, and with each fall you would find him out in the bush tracking moose with his hunting buddies.
In 1984, he transferred to Cleveland with BP and resided in Bainbridge. During his time there, he enjoyed summer trips to the family Cottage at Ridgeview Park in Derry, PA, and visits to the many close relatives in the area including his parents and siblings. At the cottage, he enjoyed hiking Chestnut Ridge, exploring the various caves around the park, campfire gatherings, and playing in the men's baseball game every Fourth of July.
He later returned to Anchorage in 1991 to continue working for BP. During this time, he was selected to be on the Quality Bank of Alyeska Pipelines. He remained there until 1997 when he relocated to Fairfield, CA, to become the Controller of BP's new Solar Panel manufacturing facility. While living in California, Chick began hiking segments of the Pacific Coast Trail. For the next 10 years, he would go hiking every September, after months of intense physical preparation and planning. This was one of Chick's favorite activities and he greatly looked forward to his hikes each fall.
Chick later joined Hexion Chemicals/Momentive in 2004, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He and Marsha lived there until transferring to Houston, Texas in 2006 and then on to Columbus, OH, in 2007. While working with Hexion Chemicals/Momentive he enjoyed many travel opportunities which included Spain, Italy, Prague, Germany, France, Brazil, and China. Chick loved his work and truly cherished the friendships he gained in the many stations throughout his life. He later retired in August 2011 and planned to volunteer in many ways in order to help others and give back to the community.
Chick sincerely loved the outdoors, hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, climbing Mount Whitney, fishing, boating, hunting and camping in Alaska, farming, golfing, bowling, and travelling the world. He also loved sports, especially his beloved Cleveland Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, and the Mount Union College Football team.
Chick touched the many lives of his co-workers and most importantly those of his family and close friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his stories are well renowned. He was always there to lend a helping hand or offer friendly advice if needed. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His was a life of character, integrity, strength, and love. He will be missed by many around the world.
He is survived by his wife Marsha; his daughter Meredith; his son Matthew and wife, Samantha Ladich; his granddaughters, Whitney and Kendall Ladich; and son Roger Ladich; his mother Katherine Ladich; his sister, Janice Bowser; his brothers, Rev. Mitchell and Richard Ladich; several nephews, nieces, and cousins, as well as his many friends here and abroad.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined by his immediate family. To be notified of the memorial service information, please email the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone involved in supporting him and his family throughout this process. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center at www.mdanderson.org/gifts.