Earl Middelthon

June 15, 1938 - January 3, 2021
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Earl R. Middelthon, 82, of Venice, FL formerly of Copley, OH passed away January 3, 2021.  Earl was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 15, 1938 to Erling W. and Gudrun A. Middelthon.

Earl attended Andrew Jackson High School where he was the captain of the swim team and president of several student organizations.  Earl graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  At URI he was a member of Army ROTC and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.  In his senior year, he met his “frosh lovely” Barbara Maser, who he married in June 1961 in Amberg,  Germany.

Earl proudly served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army Corp of Engineers in Germany.  Upon his return to the US, Barb and Earl moved to Akron, OH to start their life together.  Earl worked at Babcock and Wilcox in Barberton, OH.  He earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of Akron.  He worked in industrial advertising for several years before joining Chalfant Manufacturing in Cleveland, OH.  Earl worked for Chalfant for 25 years as the National Sales and Engineering Manager.  He served on several industry boards and was chairman of NEMA.  He traveled extensively throughout his career making friends and colleagues across the globe.  In the days before cell phones, his code to Barbara that he had arrived safely was “The eagle has landed.”  He always tried to meet with family and friends when he was in their town on business.

Earl was past president of Copley Kiwanis and Key Club Advisor at Copley High School.  Barb and Earl retired to Venice, FL where they have lived for almost 20 years.  In Venice, Earl was chairman of the Sawgrass ponds committee and was active at Trinity Presbyterian Church. He organized numerous golf social outings at Waterford Golf Club.

Earl was one of the good guys.  He was a smart and gentle man who loved his family, his country, and his Norwegian heritage.  He loved golf, tennis, traveling, fishing, skiing, and eating seafood.  He was especially skilled at eating crab and lobster.  His family made many memories during vacations each summer to the Outer Banks, NC and each winter skiing in Upstate New York.  Earl loved football, especially cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and was a recent convert to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He was a WWII history buff.  Barb and Earl made the most of retirement traveling back to Germany for their 30th wedding anniversary, to Norway to visit family, and on several cruises with friends.  His most meaningful legacy is the way he chronicled his marriage, his family, and his career in over 100 photo albums.

Earl is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Barbara Maser Middelthon, children Krista (Rick) Kriegel, Erik (Kelly) Middelthon, and Tracey (Ken) Aukerman.  He is the beloved Bestefar/B-Far (“grandfather” in Norwegian) to Paul and Allison Kriegel, Nick and Megan Middelthon and Kathryn and Hanna Aukerman.

Service info:  Interment at the Sarasota National Cemetery will be at a later date due to the pandemic.

The Eagle has made his final landing.


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Born: June 15, 1938
Died: January 3, 2021

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Patricia Picard posted on 1/31/21

Barb, Krista, Erik, and Tracey— Earl was definitely one of a kind. He worked hard, he played hard, and he loved hard. I will always remember how proud he was of his wife and his family. God bless all of you during this difficult time. Love to all— Ms. Picard


Gary Goldsmith posted on 1/24/21

We will all miss Earl. I have many fine memories of time spent with both Barb and Earl and Barb you have our greatest sympathy. I remember playing cards with Earl and Barb with their new black kitten sitting on my lap. I especially remember my golf matches with Earl. We both had similar handicaps but Earl was my nemesis. Whenever we went head to head Earl always seemed to beat me. Earl will live in our hearts for a long time


Todd Allen posted on 1/20/21

Sending thoughts and prayers to Barbara, Krista/Rick and the family. The loss of a spouse, father, grandfather is unmeasurable. I hope each of you finds peace in recalling all the positive impact Earl/your dad had on each of you and the world around him. With love and deep sympathy. Todd


LORA MORNINGSTAR posted on 1/20/21

Earl was a smart, kind, wonderful man. He was mostly quiet because Barb was the entertainer at parties and they made a wonderful couple. I am so sorry he suffered over the past years but all in all Earl was a happy man who lead a good life. My heart goes out to you, Barb and the rest of your family. God Bless. Lora & Richard


Lou and Mary Balducci posted on 1/19/21

There are no words to hurry what you are going through. Please know that Earl was loved and enjoyed by so many. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.


Ron and Susan Cairo posted on 1/13/21

Will miss him he was a beautiful soul.


Jean and Ed Riegler posted on 1/12/21

Jean and I are so very sorry to learn of Earl's death. We remember our weekend of skiing with Barb and Earl and several other couples at Cockaigne Ski Resort in New York and spending a subzero night in a house without heat until the early morning hours. Good memories! He was an extremely active member of Copley Kiwanis for many years---thru volunteering and assuming leadership rolls. He was always enthusiastic in whatever activity he was participating. A memorable event was his enthusiasm as a member of the 'Three Amigos' at the annual Christmas Party. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barb and the family. Jean and Ed Riegler


Carol Griffen posted on 1/11/21

Barb, So sorry to hear about Earl’s passing. Since he loved taking pictures, he volunteered to be our wedding photographer and what a great job he did. It sounds like he recorded your life with family snd friends in pictures too. What a great keepsake for you and your kids. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


Peggy Messaros posted on 1/11/21

Dear Barb and loving family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautifully written memorial to Earl. Deepest sympathy. Sending hugs. (I will contact you later)


Scott Cleveland posted on 1/11/21

So sorry to hear the news. Always will remember the motor home trips to NY for salmon fishing. Bowling on Thursday nights was a welcome relief, especially with the amount of beer consumed. Great Guy, a good buddy despite our age difference. Lost my wife 2 weeks ago maybe they will get together for some old fishing stories.


Barb Draffan posted on 1/10/21

Dear Barbara Mae... can’t remember how many years I have been friends with you and ‘the peal’. My memories go back many many years. I shall keep those memories as long as God allows. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. 🙏Barbara Faye


Lori Ciulla posted on 1/10/21

Holding you and your beautiful family close, dear Barb. What a legacy indeed. As "the eagle has landed" may you know and feel the peace of of Eagle's wings raising you up.


Sheila Cattane posted on 1/10/21

Sending prayers and hugs, God bless!


Sheila Cattane posted on 1/10/21

You all are in our prayers, sending you hugs.God Bless


Linda and Norman Guy posted on 1/10/21

In memory of Earl Middelthon, Linda and Norman Guy lit a candle


Linda and Norman Guy posted on 1/10/21

Barb So sorry to hear about Earl. We had a lot of fun over the years playing golf 🤗. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Karen Riesterer posted on 1/10/21

Oh, Barbara, I am so sorry. Earl was always my big cousin. Sometimes that was good and sometimes not so good; so many memories. I’m glad we saw you two years ago. Our sympathies and prayers for you and the family. Karen and Wilfried


pam angheld posted on 1/10/21

Barb sending you and your family my best wishes. You raised a beautiful family together and your children and grandchildren are his beautiful legacy.


Sandy Goble posted on 1/10/21

So sorry to hear of Earl's passing. Sending hugs & prayers♥


Barb Jenkins posted on 1/10/21

In memory of Earl Middelthon, Barb Jenkins lit a candle


Barb Jenkins posted on 1/10/21

My sincere sympathies to you and your family, Barb, from your former neighbor and colleague. Your are blessed to have so many wonderful years together. May he Rest In Peace. Barb Jenkins


Marci (Congrove) Wissing posted on 1/10/21

Mr Middelthon was a kind man. I grew up the 1st 10 yrs of my life in Copley where I was a friend to his daughter. He was always so kind and sweet and welcoming when I would go over to the house to play. He was a tall man who could have been very intimidating to a child but he never was. Only kindness. I’m sorry to everyone in the family for this loss. ❤️


Mary Graf Kase posted on 1/10/21

Dearest Barb, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Earl. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Mary Graf Kase


Lynn Yohem posted on 1/10/21

Barb, I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet Earl. You both were such wonderful neighbors to us and we always remember you fondly. You are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼


Mary Mulligan posted on 1/8/21

I am sending my sincere sympathy for the passing of Earl. I am so happy I recently had an occasion to sit and visit with Earl. As we sat and talked, Earl expressed his pride and love for his beautiful wife and family, and, for his home. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Mulligan