Edwin K. Enterline

Ed on the upper flat in the 1940s
(Photo courtesy of Howdy Friend)

Edwin (1920-2012) was a camper, tent leader (counselor), village director, assistant camp director, and camp director.

He was born in Indianapolis and moved to Youngstown before high school, graduating from South High School in 1938. He attended Youngstown College (now YSU) and played varsity basketball for 4 years. The team was coached by Dom Rosselli. 1) Also on Edwin's YSU team were fellow Camp Fitcher Jim Heber, and future NBA player Leo Mogus.[1] He served as a tent leader under James M. Williams in 1938 and was promoted to Chicagami Director in 1939. He continued to serve as a village director under "Jack" McPhee. At the close of the 1941 camping season, he stayed behind to assist Camp Caretaker Boney Ball clear the newly acquired land east of camp that had recently been acquired with the help of the Agler Estate.[2] Other staff that helped clear the land were: Roddy Cox, Howdy Friend, Eddy Ocarz, Dave Fawcett, Waldo Schlag, Robert "Bob" Gibson, and Bob Burns.[3] After the land was cleared, cement platforms were poured so Ot-Yo-Kwa Village could move to the present day activity flat for the 1942 season.[2] He was promoted to Ot-Yo-Kwa Village Director for the 1942 season.

Pearl Harbor was attacked in December of his senior year of college. He was eager to serve, later recalling: “One week after Pearl Harbor, I took an exam and was told to be ready to go within 30 days”. Edwin and Ludwig "Luddy" Ohl enlisted in the “V-7” of the naval reserves in 1942. He entered officer's training in October 1942 at Great Lakes Naval Station where he was one the 40 out of a class of 1,200 to be selected to command a PT Boat. He served as a PT boat captain in the South Pacific and on a Destroyer with Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet.[4]

After the war, Ed returned to camp in 1946 to serve as Assistant Camp Director under David M. Williams. Staff training began early in those days. In 1948 Ed was meeting that summers leaders at the YMCA by mid may to prepare them for the summer! The season started Sunday June 20th that year.[5] After Dave retired from the position, he served as camp director from 1949 to 1950. Around this time the building of cottages adjacent to camp property ended the tradition of swimming nude and bathing suits were soon required.[2]

He continued to be active in the YMCA serving as Secretary of the Y and a Hi-Y Club Adviser in the 1950s[6]. Ed also served two terms on the Camp Fitch Board of Management. In 1954 he was hired by Campus Equipment and worked there until his retirement in 1984.[2] He continued to be an active citizen of Youngstown his entire life. He served as Scout Master in Canfield's Troop 30, an environmental instructor at Camp Stambaugh, and was the keynote speaker at the 103rd Annual Boardman Memorial Day program and grand marshal of the parade in 2007.[7] He passed away in the spring of 2012.

Camp Timeline

Ed as Village Director in 1942
Ot Yo Kwa Village Director Ed Enterline welcomes campers Dick Hammonds, Norbert Kurtz, Hugh Hayward, Ben Agler, and Dick Vesey.

  • 1938 Tent Leader
  • 1939-1941 Chicagami Director
  • 1942 Ot-Yo-Kwa Director
  • 1946 Assistant Camp Director
  • 1949-1950 Camp Director


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The Youngstown Vindicator posted this tribute after his death in 2012:

BOARDMAN – Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery Chapel in Boardman, for Edwin K. Enterline, 91.

He died April 27, at Briarfield at Ashley Circle Nursing Home in Austintown.

Mr. Enterline was born June 16, 1920, in Indianapolis, a son of Samuel W. and Minnie M. Enterline.

He graduated from South High School in 1938, where he played basketball and football. He went on to graduate from Youngstown College (Youngstown State University), playing varsity basketball all four years under the late Dom Rosselli. While in the U.S. Navy, Ed played in a game with and for John Wooden, who also was the coach.

Ed served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a PT boat captain in the South Pacific one tour, and a second tour on a Destroyer with Adm. Halsey’s Third Fleet. Ed was a local member of the World War II Heritage Group. Ed worked for and retired from Campus Equipment Co.

Ed was very active in the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of their Mahoning Valley Council Executive Board, Area V Board of East Central Region and International Representative, Regional Board of East Central Region and the Mahoning Valley Council Representative to National Council B.S.A. As a Scoutmaster for Mahoning Valley Council, he had the honor of leading American Scout Contingents to Jamborees in the United States and in New Zealand and Australia.

He held the Vigil honor in the Order of the Arrow, the Silver Beaver Award and the Silver Antelope Award of the East Central Region of the B.S.A. Ed became Scoutmaster of Troop 30 in Canfield in 1967, and later became Scoutmaster of Troop 60 of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving Scouting for over 25 years. He was a mentor and motivator of young people.

As a member of the Pleasant Grove United Presbyterian Church, Ed taught Sunday school for 20 years. Ed was also an avid fisherman and hunter and was one of the earliest members of the Canfield Sportsmen’s Conservation Club. From 1949 to 1950, Ed was the director of Camp Fitch and was the Boys Secretary of the YMCA.

Ed enjoyed watching local sporting events in Boardman, Canfield and at YSU, and was a Cleveland Indians and Browns fan. Ed loved Polka and dance band music, had a passion for food, had a great sense of humor, and loved to travel, circumventing the world two times.

Ed leaves a sister-in-law, Mary Enterline Courtney; nieces Mary Jane Diehl Heaton (Bill) of Lighthouse Point, Fla., Betsy Weimer (Gary) of Aurora, Ann Kurz (Bob) of Canfield and Patricia Southwick (Jeff) of Pennsylvania; and nephews Jeff Enterline (Monica) of Austintown and Bruce Enterline (Marina) of Calcutta.

He also leaves great-nieces and nephews Gregory, Kim, Inga, Kirk, Lindsay, Grant, Jessica, Caitlin, Bethany, and Cory; as well as several great-great-nieces and nephews; and many devoted friends of all ages.

His parents; two sisters, Kathleen Diehl and Doris Kelley; a brother, S. Walter Enterline; and a nephew, Mike Kelley preceded him in death.

The family would like to thank the staff at Victoria House Assisted Living, the staff at Briarfield at Ashley Nursing Home, and the staff at Hospice of the Valley for the wonderful care they gave Ed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to either the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA Camp Fitch, or Hospice of the Valley.


1. a Perazich, Chuck, February 29, 1976. Don Rosselli's Coaching Career Most Interesting. Vindicator Printing Company.
2. a, b, c, d Enterline Kurz, Ann, Summer 2003. Where Are They Now? Edwin K. Enterline;. After Candlelight Summer 2003.
3. a Friend, Howdy, August 2012. Interviewed.
4. a Youngstown Vindicator, May 3, 2012. EDWIN K. ENTERLINE. Vindicator Printing Company.
5. a Youngstown Vindicator, May 11, 1948. Camp Fitch Instruction will begin Wednesday. Vindicator Printing Company.
6. a Youngstown Vindicator, October 25, 1957. Hi-Y Elects Officers. Vindicator Printing Company.
7. a Barron, Sean, May 29, 2007. Remembering service. Vindicator Printing Company.
1) An interesting side note: Dom played ball for "Dike" Beede when he coached at Geneva. Dike also hired him as an assistant football and basketball coach at YSU and subsequently promoted him to head basketball coach. Dom spoke of Dike as a “second father” who was “one of the smartest men I have ever known.” Dom would coach many other Camp Fitchers including Robert "Bob" Gibson.