Charles Frederick Hahn
September 9, 1930 – March 27, 2020
The Hahn family invites you to join them for a virtual Memorial Service for Charles Frederick Hahn, on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. A virtual reception will follow with time for sharing memories and reflections. To register and for further information, please go to https://bit.ly/charleshahn. Please feel free to share this link and information with others who may be interested. The service and reception will be recorded for those not able to attend.
Charles Frederick Hahn, 89, of Bloomington, Indiana, completed his journey on earth on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Richland Bean-Blossom Healthcare Center. He was born on September 9, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of Nell (King) Hahn and Fred W. Hahn.
From his earliest days as president of his Oklahoma City District Methodist Youth Fellowship, Charles’s life was defined by his calling as a pastor. Charles received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and his Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU, and was ordained in 1956. While at Perkins, Charles met Doris Schulze, also a graduate student there. They married in 1955.
After serving as pastor for several churches in the United Methodist Church Southwest Texas Conference, Charles requested a special assignment to work with the Ecumenical Institute and then the Institute of Cultural Affairs, initially teaching courses in religious and cultural studies and later doing community development work around the world. During their work with these organizations, Charles and Doris lived in: Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; London and Yorkshire, England; Brussels, Belgium; Mumbai, India; and Houston, TX. While Charles was always proud to be an “Okie,” he enjoyed making every place he lived his home.
After twenty-two years working with the EI and ICA, Charles returned to local church ministry in Texas. Charles loved all aspects of pastoring, but especially ministering to those most in pain, in need, and in despair. He was at his best making hospital visits, performing funerals, and advocating for society’s most vulnerable and marginalized. He was committed to social justice and was not afraid to speak out. After retiring from the ministry, Charles volunteered with the Indigent Healthcare Program in Bastrop, Texas, where he eventually became director before retiring a second time in 2001.
Charles and Doris embraced Bloomington as their home after moving here in 2004 to be closer to their daughters. Charles enjoyed volunteering for the First United Methodist Church Wednesday Pantry, which led to his connection to Hoosier Hills Food Bank. He was also devoted to Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan, believing that good healthcare should be a right for all.
Charles was a gracious man who loved humanity, family, community, the United Methodist Church, the planet, music of all kinds, all creatures (especially dogs), and pancakes.
Charles is survived by his wife, Doris, daughters Marsha Hahn (Pat Moriarty) of Everett, WA, and Shelley Hahn (Greg Simon) of Bloomington, IN, grandson Erin Stansbury (Kelly Woznicki) and great grandchildren Sam, Margo and Annalee Stansbury of Seattle, WA.
Memorial service plans will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know your donation is in Charles's memory
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com
Virtual Memorial Service
Virtual Reception To Follow
Charles Frederick Hahn
April 9, 2020
Doris, I’m sorry to learn of Charles’ death. Jack and Charles shared the pastorate at Manor UMC during the late 90’s. We had some good visits especially at your lovely home among the pines at Bastrop Tx. Charles was such a gentleman. His very kind manner made his ministry so effective. His dedication to helping the poor and needy was an inspiration for all of us. I’m sorry for this sadness for you at this difficult time. With love, Helen Hooper
April 7, 2020
Dear Doris and family,
I am sorry to hear about Charles' death. When I was a young liberal in the Southwest Texas Conference, Charles made a point of reaching out to me, encouraging me, and giving me great courage. And he did this over and over. After moving to Bloomington in my home state of Indiana, he continued to call me and lend his encouragement. I am grateful for his witness of grounding faith in social justice. I am also grateful for his enduring friendship. Now that I'm a "seasoned" minister myself, I try to follow Charles' example by encouraging young clergy trying to find their own voice in speaking truth to power.
My love and prayers are with you all.
Rev. Sid Hall
Willie Mae Williams
April 7, 2020
May each of you be surrounded with the Grace & Comfort of our Heavenly Father. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. Be Encouraged and Blessed.
April 6, 2020
I am so sorry for this loss for Doris and her daughters. Take care.
April 1, 2020
I knew Charles through his work with Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan (HCHP). He was such a kind, intelligent, compassionate man. I loved to hear the different perspectives he brought to the table given all the different places in the world that he has lived. He was truly one of the exceptional human beings. We are going to miss him.
March 31, 2020
Charles and Doris Hahn were two of my favorite neighbors in our small condo community. I remember sitting in their living room listening to Doris tell when she acquired various art works, and which ones were purchased for Charles especially. He and Doris were generous in helping other neighbors. It was a pleasure to see him walking their lively little dog, Jada, around the complex. We miss him!
March 30, 2020
John and I join you from Boston celebrating Charles and his completed life. As you give him back to his creator redeemer sustainer we pray that all his family and friends stay healthy now. We and our family are all fine but we miss being with our little grandchildren.
Grace and Peace
March 30, 2020
I was privileged to meet Charles during my tenure as District Superintendent of the Bloomington District of The United Methodist Church, 2003-2010. I appreciated so much his words of encouragement and his depth of wisdom about faith and the Church. I admire his commitment and service in the local church and through the Ecumenical Institute. I am saddened by his death but am enriched by his presence in my own story.
March 29, 2020
Filled with kindness, grace and down to earth good humor, Charles always gave you the full measure of a 'Spirit Man' in a beloved community, who made you stand a little taller to always decide to meet him in eyes that seemed to hold a constant, intentional yet sober twinkle. He purposely kept the secret of the Word of compassion alive in his heart and willingly shared it with others on behalf of all.
March 29, 2020
Celebrating the completed life of this good man, a man for others, a teacher, preacher, a world servant. Thank you, Charles, for your life, your ministry, your truth, your love. In grief and gratitude.