Former Ohio Speaker and Judge Charles F. Kurfess Passes Away at 94

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Charles F. Kurfess, former Ohio Speaker of the House and judge, passed away at the age of 94. Born in 1930, Kurfess served as a representative in the Ohio House from 1956 to 1978, representing parts of northwestern Ohio. He held the position of Speaker from 1967 to 1972 before retiring from politics. Following his retirement, Kurfess became a judge in the Wood County Court of Common Pleas. Presidents Nixon and Ford appointed him to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Throughout his career, Kurfess embodied a dedication to public service and a commitment to serving the people of Ohio. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine commended his service, describing him as a true public servant who represented Northwest Ohio exceptionally well. Current Ohio Speaker Jason Stephens highlighted Kurfess’s love for Ohio and emphasized that his example should inspire others. Kurfess graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA before earning his Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University Law School in 1957. Visitation hours will take place on March 8 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with funeral services occurring the following day at the same location.