Charles V. "Charlie" Day, 88, of Lake Ozark, Mo., has joined his beloved wife, Ruthanna, when he passed away peacefully on December 20, 2012. Charlie had carried on without Ruthanna since June 2010 following her long struggle with cancer. Charlie stayed by her side through that very sad time. Their happiest days were marrying in Hawaii in 1990.
They moved from Leawood, Kan. to Lake Ozark in 1996 to enjoy friends and family and the life "on the lake"!
Charlie was born August 17, 1924 and grew up in Kansas City, Mo. After graduating high school in 1941, he joined the Naval Air Corp in 1943 and was medically discharged in 1944. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1950 with a degree in Design Engineering. Shortly thereafter he went to work for General Motors where he had a long and successful career for over 35 years.
He was first married to Emma Melissa Wallin (deceased) in 1948. His four surviving daughters are Linda Day (Ralph Jr.) Lewis, Crosslake, Minn.; Meri Selvy, Panama City, Fla.; Cheryl True and her daughters, Megan and Emily True; Overland Park, Kan.; Judy Day and son Max Brody, Panama City, Fla. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Deyanne (Rick) Forman, Merriam, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Maude Day; brothers, Harold, Merrill and George, sisters Mildred, Marjorie, Maybelle and Ruth, sons-in-law Bill True and David Brody and stepsons Gary Day and Darrell Housh.
Charlie was a Mason for over 50 years. His love for singing began with his days at the University of Kansas under Dean Swarthout and continued throughout his life. He sang in Barber Shop Quartets and with his Church Choir. Friends were numerous.
Charlie and Ruthanna enjoyed the company of many and were especially close to their wonderful neighbors at the lake, Greg and Debbie Tolbert. Charlie loved giving treats to their dogs. He was a unique individual who strived for perfection in everything he did. His generosity and concern for others was remarkable. Charlie will be greatly missed.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Lake Ozark Church in Lake Ozark, Mo. on February 23, 2013, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Please come and celebrate with us. Charlie's and Ruthanna's ashes will be taken to Hawaii for their final resting place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Disabled American Veterans in Charlie's name would be gratefully appreciated.