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Charles William Baugher, Sr
Birth: Mar. 27, 1924
Saline County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 2004
Saline County
Illinois, USA

Charles Baugher Sr.

ELDORADO -- Charles W. Baugher Sr., 80, of Eldorado died at 12:24 p. m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, in Harrisburg Medical Center. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado, with Dr. Blaine Welker officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery with military rites. Visitation is from 5 to 9 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2004, at the funeral home. He was born March 27, 1924, in Eldorado to Edward L. and Effie Mae (Smith) Baugher Sr. On Oct. 19, 1946, he married June (Simmons) Baugher, who preceded him in death on July 21, 1990. He was a brick mason and a self-employed contractor. He was a member of Beulah Heights Methodist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion; a lifetime member of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local No. 8 for 58 years; and a partner in Tom McGowan and Company Masonry and the Contractors of Eldorado for 35 years. He fought in World War II and was a truck driver, technician fifth grade, Company F, 141st Infantry, 36th Division. He was inducted Feb. 24, 1943, and received a rifle expert designation before being shipped to Europe. He departed Feb. 3, 1945, serving in the Rhineland campaign. His decorations and citations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, American Theater Service Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on March 29, 1946. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Debbie Baugher of Seymour, Tenn., Jamie and Melanie Baugher of Eldorado, and Rafe and Penny Baugher of Eldorado; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Joanna and Jim Davidson of Harrisburg, Janeen and Jim Lasswell of Johnston City, and Robin Lazaro of Eldorado; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward L. and Ann Baugher of Eldorado and the Rev. James W. and Judy Baugher; one sister and brother-in-law, Nella Mae and Gene Schlau of Centralia; 16 grandchildren, Alan, Jeff, Jon and Jessica Baugher, Debra Pegalis, Jason Davidson, Amy Hawkins, Brad Davidson, Tamra Hosman, Stewart and Adam Laswell, Amy Reynolds and Nathan Baugher, Josh Baugher and Aaron and Josh Lazaro; and 12 great-grandchildren.


A letter I received...Nov 18, 2007...Jon Baugher

I lived with Grandpa Charlie from 1988-1990. Some things that stand out in my mind are the following: My folks had spilt up and I was moving around constantly from the age 11 on. I no longer could live with my Dad and I was at the end of the road living with my mother in Florida. I made a phone call, and Grandma June picked up. After some small talk I told her of my new situation and asked if I could come live with them. This is the part that cracks me up to this day and it went a little bit like this:

June (yelling): "Charlie!,…. Charlie!"
Charlie (yelling back) "What!"
June (now normal tone): "Jon's on the phone"
Charlie: "Yeah?"
June: "Jon wants to know if he can come live with us."
Charlie (2 second pause) …………."Ohhh…..OK!"

I had the chance to witness what a big heart that man had. I was just a punk kid with no place to go and he took me in on the spot with no conditions. I will forever be indebted to him and June. While living there I had the chance to run around with him a bit and he encouraged me, challenged me, and made me think about what road I was on and where I was going in life. I really don't know where I would be to this day if I didn't have him trying to push me in the right direction during that very unstable part of my life. He had the personality that projected strength and he was a leader. You had to give him respect and be prepared, because you didn't want to disappoint him or have him get upset with you. He was a very good role model, when I needed one the most. I also gathered that Charlie was very well respected throughout the community and everybody seemed to know him in one way or another; When people I met found out I was Charlie Baugher's grandson, they instantly seemed to think I was OK. The man did his part in giving the Baugher family in Southern Illinois a good name.

A Letter from Sister Nella Mae...Dec. 2, 2007...

Charles was always around when I needed him. I was in the first or second grade when I saw my brothers jump off of a shed that was behind the Church across the street from our house. So I thought {I can do that}.....and I did. I sprained my ankle. Charles carried me to school on his back for a month or longer until I could walk again. Another time when we lived in Mt. Vernon I was playing out in the street (there weren't very many cars in those days - 1936 ). A little boy decided that I would look better with a bump on my head so he threw a rock and I bled a lot. Charles came out of the house I was on the ground screaming. He picked me up and carried me to that boys house and told the mother to spank him and if she wouldn't spank him that he would. She did spank him. After our Mother died , Charles and Ed Jr. stayed with friends out in the country with the Ted Murphy family. They picked up scrap parts of an old car from the junk yards and built a car. I can remember Ted Murphy (the father) delivered our mail. He came by one day when dad (Ed Sr.) was home and he told him not to worry about those boys. He said they were building that auto and even got it to run. Ted had a hearty laugh. ED Jr. was the first to join the service in the Spring of 1941. And then Pearl Harbor attack happened in Dec. 1941. I'm not sure if Charles was drafted or if he joined. He was in a camp around new Orleans. It was the Christmas after Pearl. and Charles hitched a Ride home. He had his buddy named Lively with him. I took a picture of him and Lively sitting under the christmas tree. Charles was holding Brian Lee. I still have that picture. I guess the time the boys spent with the Murphy boys wasn't wasted. both Charles and Ed Jr. could drive and work on cars - and when they were in the service both drove heavy military equipment. I have a picture of ED in a jeep in the South Pacific and Charles drove a truck in Germany. Charles told me that he was with Patton. He said we would have lost that war were if not for Patton. Patton pushed his troops to take advantage of the Nazis when they stopped to rest and before they could re group. He said he wasn't afraid because they were too busy. Once when they stopped for a breather he and another fellow were leaning against the same tree. The fellow asked him for a light for his cigarette and when charles tried to give him a light he touched him and he fell over dead. He said that was scary. I remember the day charles came home from the war. He stopped up town and drank milk. He said he missed milk more than anything. He said he used to trade his beer ration for milk. Charles loved brick work. He spent a lot of time with our Dad learning how to bid jobs. When he was younger before the war he began to learn the business part. Charles wasn't too good at reading, but he was good at math. One day Charles brought June home and they seemed to be a match. When I went to school in St Louis, Charles and June took me there. He also came and brought me home a few times for Christmas etc. ......
Family links: 
  Eddy Leander Baugher (1880 - 1961)
  Effie Mae Smith Baugher (1884 - 1936)
  June May Simmons Baugher (1927 - 1990)*
  John Raibourn Baugher (1915 - 1986)*
  Norma Elaine Baugher Gardner (1917 - 1980)*
  Charles William Baugher (1924 - 2004)
  James Willard Baugher (1926 - 2008)*
*Calculated relationship
Wolf Creek Cemetery
Saline County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Edward L. Baugher III
Record added: Aug 12, 2006
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Charles William Baugher, Sr
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Charles William Baugher, Sr
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Charles William Baugher, Sr
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Of course I had to put the cat on here to make grandpa laugh...oh my lord with 15+ cats running around, 3 dogs, and whatever else strays grandma picked up. Of course if they had a bottle of wine I would have put that on here as a reminder of his time drin...(Read more)
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