Charles E. Kurtz, pictured in front of his home at 1267 Lakeland Ave., Lakewood, earned the Silver Star for valor while serving in the Army with the 134th Infantry Regment of the 35th Infantry Division during World War II.
Charlie Kurtz's aunt, Marie Sly, the only woman in this 1952 photo, took over the W. W. Sly Co. after her husband, Wilfred C. Sly, was killed by payroll robbers on Dec. 31, 1920.
Charlie Kurtz, right, and his brother, William Kurz (different spelling), left, played ping pong in Senior Olympics competition in 1989. Seated between them is Charlie's wife, Polly.
Charlie Kurtz, far right, owned, bred, boarded and trained horses for harness racing, including Greenacres Johnny, shown after winning a race at Scioto Downs in this 1983 Barry E. Conrad photo.
Wedding announcement photo of Rose Marie Toolis and Charles E. Kurtz from the late 1940s.
Charlie Kurtz, left, and his younger brother, William Kurz (different spelling), on the farm in Chatham Township.
Polly and Charlie Kurtz danced for audiences at nursing homes and festivals in the 1990s.
Charlie Kurtz, who grew up in Lakewood, began farming in Chatham Township 40 years ago.
Charles E. Kurtz