Charles E. “Smoke” Balwanz

September 22, 1947 - January 11, 2020

09/22/1947 - 01/11/2020

Past Services

Sunday January 19, 2020
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Powhatan Point Chapel
186 Main Street
Powhatan Point, Ohio 43942
740-795-5451 | Directions
Monday January 20, 2020
11:30 am
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Powhatan Point Chapel
186 Main Street
Powhatan Point, Ohio 43942
740-795-5451 | Directions

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.

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Bill Munas
4 years ago

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Eddie’s family at this time of loss. You are in my prayers and may Eddie Rest In Peace. God bless.

Ron Doty
4 years ago

I worked with Eddie and his Uncle Joe at # 5 coal mine in late 70s ! He was a fun guy to be around , and a all around great guy !! I’ll miss him and his laugh .

Rich Vallelonga
4 years ago

Ed & I go way back, neighbors, football, Vietnam, VFW 5565 (40+years), A. L. 228 (50+years).
Smoke graduated with my sister & I remember him having a slight crush on her. Although Carmella has a head start, maybe they will meet up again.
Smoke represented an integral part of the POWHATAN HONOR GUARD, he played TAPS for more Veterans then you can count on your fingers & toes.
Sadly, now we will play TAPS for him.
You will be missed.

Jim and Tina Busack
4 years ago

JoAnn, Donnie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Eddie Rest In Peace.

Kiz Rush
4 years ago

My love and prayers to all of you … ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum
4 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Charles E. Balwanz, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Charles E. Balwanz, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †