Charles Huston, Huston foundation president died from cancer, Obituary

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Charles Huston Death – Charles Lukens ”Chip” Huston IV, The Huston Foundation in Coatesville President & Chief Executive Officer died at 63. According to Charles Huston’s obituary, he passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022 after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was also the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Chester County.

Charles Huston was a long-time resident of Chester County having been born in Dayton, Ohio while his father was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and moving here at the age of 6 months old. He is a descendant of the Lukens Steel Company family in Coatesville.

He grew up in Phoenixville graduating in 1977 from Phoenixville High School. He received his BS in Business Management in 1981 from Widener University in Chester, PA and his MBA in Finance in 1993 from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia..

Charles Huston was first diagnosed of pancreatic cancer in 2019 and underwent surgery to remove the cancer followed by months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In July of 2021 the cancer recurred, and the fight began again but ultimately it overtook him.

Charles credits the love of family, especially his wife and children, along with so many friends for helping fight the illness as well as his medical team at Penn Medicine, the heroes that are the doctors and nurses who face patient after patient dealing with cancer.

He also credits his faith in God and Jesus Christ for giving him the daily strength and positive attitude to keep on going with the knowledge of dying is only a temporal earthly thing, but Heaven is eternity. His willingness to share his journey with those he connected with has been a source of encouragement and a renewal of faith to many.

During his life Mr. Huston was an avid golfer playing many rounds with his brother and best friend Joe at Kimberton Golf Club. A 6 a.m. tee time every Saturday is a lifestyle commitment! He was also involved in numerous charities around the county both personally and in his role as a board member of the Huston Foundation in Coatesville ending his association serving as Board President.

He sat on the boards of Good Neighbors Home Repair, Rotary Club of Coatesville, Paoli Presbyterian Church and served over 17 years as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Chester County to name a few.

He was also involved in youth sports, coaching basketball and soccer at the Brandywine YMCA, East Brandywine Youth Association and the Malvern League. When not coaching he was an enthusiastic fan on the sidelines cheering on his girls. After holding a variety of positions with such companies as Verizon, Thomas & Betts, QVC, Amazon and Habitat for Humanity, Mr. Huston finished his career as the Assistant City Manager of Coatesville, a place he came to love and believe in.

He often said working in Coatesville with Habitat for Humanity and the City was a homecoming for him given the long family history with Coatesville and its amazing people. His legacy fostered by his passion to serve his wider community will live on in those he has inspired to follow in his footsteps.

He is survived by his wife Linda Leidy Huston formerly of Philadelphia, daughters Sarah and Laura, his father Charles L. “Skip” Huston III, his stepmother Barbara Scott Huston, as well as his siblings, Jeanne Huston Cermak (Dennis), Robert Huston (Kim), David Huston (Darlene), Barbara DiArcangelo (Angie), Rebecca Huston Matthews (Ed) and Scott G. Huston (Meredith) and 9 nephews and nieces along with 7 great nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his fraternal aunts, Nancy Huston Hansen and Elinor Huston Lashly and maternal aunt Susan Cruse Raley (Tom) and uncle Tom Cruse (Susan) as well as 8 cousins. His mother Barbara Cruse DiArcangelo preceded him in death in 2016.

A Life Celebration is planned for later in the year in the month of December to allow his daughters to focus on their college education. Details will be provided via various outlets including Wentz Funeral Home, Chip’s and Linda’s as well as the Coatesville City’s Facebook pages weeks prior. A private interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville.

Charles Huston, Huston foundation president died from cancer, Obituary

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