STEVE CHIRPAS, 78 of 4144 Noble Street, Bellaire, Ohio, died Sunday January 27, 2002 at the Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire.
He was born December 1, 1923 in Bellaire a son of the late William and Mary Efstratiou Chirpas.
Steve was a retired high school teacher and principal. He taught at Bridgeport, Scio, Cadiz, and New Athens, where he served as principal.
He graduated from Bellaire High School and West Liberty State College. He was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Lifegiving Fountain in Martins Ferry; American Legion Post 52 in Bellaire and Bellaire Eagles FOE 371.
During World War II, Sergeant Chirpas served with the US Army’s 81st Infantry Division on Guadalcanal, the Palaus, the Phillipines and the occupation of Japan.He was awarded the Expert and Combat Infantry Medals, Good Conduct Medal, Sou. Phillipines Liberation, Western Pacific, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Phillipine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal and Bronze Arrowhead Medal.
In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by one sister, LuAnn Chirpas DeLoretta and one brother, Charles Chirpas.
Surviving are his wife, Betty A. Wiggins Chirpas; four sons, Bill Chirpas and his wife Pat of Bellaire; Steve Chirpas and his wife Cathy of Bellaire; Mike Chirpas and his wife Dana of Neffs and Gary Chirpas and his wife Kelly of Huntington, WV; one brother, Tony Chirpas of Bellaire. Also six grandchildren, Steve, Jeremy, Aaron, Nikki, Nicholas, and Lee and two great grandchildren, Brianna and Jewel.
Friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home 441-37th Street, Bellaire on Tuesday 4 to 8 PM, where services will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM with the Reverend Jack Palmer officiating. Interment in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bellaire at the convenience of the family.
American Legion Post 52 will conduct services at 7:00 PM at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellaire Fire Department, 2425 Belmont Street, Bellaire, Ohio 43906.