Born: February 08, 1926
Died: September 18, 2012
Charles Hilton, 86, passed away on September 18th at 11:15PM at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Indiana.
He was born February 8, 1926 in Parke County, Indiana to John and Vern James Hilton.
Mr. Hilton graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1944. He was a member of the 1943 football team.
He served with the field artillery in the US army on the Philippine island of Leyte during World War II. He later became a member of the United States Air Force achieving the rank of captain in the Air Force Reserves.
After World War II ended he attended and graduated from Ball State University with BS and MA degrees and did graduate work at the University of Cincinnati. He was a member of the undefeated Ball State football team and the top scorer for three years of the track and field teams. He holds the Ball State records for the 100 and 220 yard sprints. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Kappa social fraternity.
His first teaching job was with the Richmond Community Schools. He taught 15 years at Richmond High School as a teacher of history. He was also the assistant football coach and head coach of cross country, wrestling, and track and field. His 1958 wrestling team won a state championship. His teams won Richmond High School’s first NCC championships in cross country, wrestling and track.
In 1967 he became director of athletics and installed the all sports ticket program, a first in the state of Indiana. He also was the author of the publication, “The Duties of an Athletic Director.”
In recognition of his accomplishments as an athlete, teacher, coach and administrator, he was named to the following Halls of Fame: Delaware County Hall of Fame, Indiana Track and Field Hall of Fame, Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ball State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and Richmond High School Alumni Association Teacher Hall of Fame.
He was a member and president of the Indiana Athletic directors Association, President of the National Council of Secondary School Athletic Directors, IHSAA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and President of the Indiana High School Coaches Association.
His political interests resulted in being a Richmond City Councilman (1974-75), Chairman of the Richmond Sanitary District, Richmond City Parks and Recreation Board, President of the Wayne County Health Board, member of the Richmond Community Schools Board of Trustees, Richmond YMCA Board of Directors, and a charter member of the National World War II Memorial.
His social activities included membership in the Blue and Grey Civil War Round Table, Golden Kiwanis Club, College Men’s Club, Yokefellow Luncheon Club, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Elks Club.
Survivors include: his wife, Cecelia Hilton, whom he married March 20, 1975; one son, John Hilton, of Huntington, Indiana; and three daughters, Carol McKiernan of Indianapolis, Indiana; Susan Irwin of Parker, Colorado; Sharon Nelles of Barrington, Illinois; one sister, Sara Marcaletti of Muncie, Indiana; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 5:00 P.M. Sunday September 23, 2012 at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home with Rev. David Layman officiating and military rites by the Wayne County Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call Saturday 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Richmond High School Athletic Fund, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Indiana 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.stegallberheideorr.com.