Milan Hayden made his students at Ellet High School in Akron laugh with his colorful colloquialisms.
Because he told them so often that he was "the only chief in the classroom," they dubbed him "Chief."
The Stow resident, who died Nov. 29, at age 87, taught industrial arts for 33 years before retiring in 1983.
Hayden, who was born July 28, 1923, in Johnstown, Pa., received numerous honors for his Naval service in World War II.
He served aboard the USS Tryon, which delivered troops and supplies to combat areas in the Pacific and evacuated combat casualties on departure. During the postwar occupation period, he was assigned to the NTS Sampson.
Hayden held degrees in history and industrial arts from Kent State University.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Louise; daughter, Paula; a grandson; and three sisters.
Arrangements were made by Redmon Funeral Home of Stow.