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Charles E. "Smoke" Balwanz

September 22, 1947 - January 11, 2020

Charles E. “Smoke” Balwanz, 72 of Powhatan Point, Ohio died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He was born September 22, 1947 in Wheeling, West Virginia son of the late C. Joseph and Betty Ann Tohol Balwanz.

Smoke was a retired truck driver for HLC Trucking in Dilles Bottom, a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 228 and a former post commander,  VFW Post 5565 both of Powhatan Point, a graduate of Powhatan High School, Class of 1966 and a board member of the Powhatan Alumni Association. He was a US Army veteran.

Surving are his sister, Joann (Donnie) Dietrich of Powhatan Point, Ohio, niece, Katie (Mike) Aanerud of Los Osos, California, nephews, Kriss (Rachel) Dietrich of Powhatan Point, Ohio and Wes (Rose) Dietrich of Wheatland, California, great nieces and nephews, Wesley, Jakob, Joseph, Jackson, Josh, Derek, Errak, Dietrich and Gunnar. He is also survived by many cousins, including Mike (Janet) Balwanz of Cincinnati, Ohio

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 186 Main Street Powhatan Point, Ohio on Sunday from 2 to 8 pm where services will be held on Monday at 11:30 am with Pastor Dale Ingold officiating.

American Legion services will be held on Sunday at 7 pm followed by Vigil services at 3 pm.

The Powhatan Veterans Honor Guard will conduct services at the funeral home following the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Powhatan American Legion Post 228 or the Mary Dierkes Library by going to

Share your thoughts and memories with Smoke’s family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer. com.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Powhatan Point Chapel

186 Main Street
Powhatan Point, Ohio 43942

Service Information

Date: Monday, January 20, 2020

Time: 11:30 am


Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Powhatan Point Chapel

186 Main Street
Powhatan Point, Ohio 43942

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