Charles Howard Muse Jr.
Coal Executive, Penguins Partner and Family Man died on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The son of the late C. Howard Muse and Elizabeth V. Muse, Charlie grew up in Ben Avon Heights.
His happiest memories as a young boy recall exploring the neighboring woods with his cousin Albert. He loved Lake Chautauqua where as a child he spent his summers – a love he shared with his children and grandchildren when he established his own summer house there. Charlie never tired of driving the boat and trying to bounce laughing grandchildren off the trailing inner tubes, building campfires with his dog by his side, and enjoying the laughter with his wife, Karen.
A gift he passed along to future generations, Charlie’s optimism and unique sense of humor were infectious. A Sigma Alpha Epsilon graduate of Penn State University, Charlie worked his entire career for the family company, Crown Coal & Coke Company. He was a director of the Southern Coal Conference and the Interstate Coal Conference as well. Even at the age of 77, Charlie’s hands-on interest found him in the office several days a week.
In 1967 he was one of the original investors who brought the Penguins to Pittsburgh. Charlie was a passionate Penguins fan. If he wasn’t attending the home games, he was watching on his television in Florida. He watched the Pens play their first game and was there to see their last game at the famed Igloo.
He was a long-term director and officer of the Sewickley Valley YMCA, Sewickley Valley Hospital, and Allegheny Country Club. He also served on the board of the Homeowners Association of The Village of Golf, Fla., and belonged to the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, Fla.
His adventurous spirit and interest in people made him a good listener and an even better storyteller. He traveled the globe, swim-ming with the piranha in the Amazon, playing ping-pong with a young Sen. John Kennedy and playing golf at some of the most challenging courses of the world. Charlie’s lifelong passion for the game of golf developed after he took up the sport to rebuild his strength after illness kept him confined to bed for months on end in his teens. A formidable competitor, Charlie’s talent and tem-perament made him a sought-after golf partner and earned him friends everywhere he played.
He was a member of the Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, Pa., Rolling Rock Club, Ligonier, Pa., Country Club of Florida, and The Ocean Club, Delray Beach, Fla. and Moonbrook Country Club, Jamestown, N.Y. For all the boards and organizations Charlie belonged to, none had a greater impact on his life than Alcoholics Anonymous. The love and mutual support he found there gave him the strength to change not only his own life, but the lives of so many he sponsored through the years. His longstanding commitment to sobriety also includes his work with the CRC Foundation of Delray Beach, Fla., for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and depen-dency.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Andersen Muse; three children: Amy M. Lang and her husband, Robert of Sewickley, Pa., Charles H. Muse III and his wife, Courtney also of Sewickley, Pa., and James G. Muse and his wife, Jen-nifer of Pittsburgh; and sister, Betty Ann Austin of Pittsburgh, Pa. Also surviving are nine grandchildren. Further, he is survived by Karen’s children: Thomas S. Robinson and his wife, Kathleen of Denver, Kirsten Robinson King and her husband, Andrew of Akron, Ohio and St. Claire Okie Oliver and her husband, George of Sewickley, Pa. and six step-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 9 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, Sewickley.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Sewickley Valley YMCA, 625 Blackburn Road, Sewickley, PA 15143 or The Crossroads Club (CRC), 1700 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach, FL 33443.
Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com).