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 Donald Evans Charles

Donald Evans Charles

Birth
Republic County, Kansas, USA
Death 25 Mar 2002 (aged 88)
Belleville, Republic County, Kansas, USA
Burial Republic, Republic County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 100017874 · View Source
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Son of Tudor and Genie Charles.
Died at the age of 88 years.


The Scandia Journal, April 4, 2002

Donald Evans Charles, 88, of Republic, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, Kansas. He was born on the family homestead, Valley Point Farms, west of Republic on September 17, 1913. He was the youngest of six third-generation children born to Tudor John Charles, Sr. and Eugenie (Thompson) Charles. He attended the Pine School, a half mile west of the Charles home, and graduated from Republic High School in 1931. He attended college at Washburn (Topeka) and Kansas State College of Agriculture, Manhattan, taking his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from K-State in the summer of 1939, He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at K-State. After graduation, he took a job with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Farm Securities Administration office in Osborne, Kansas; a year later he became director of the FSA office in WaKeeny. After just a few months, his brother, Tudor Jr., died. Don then returned to Republic to take over the family farming operation. Although officially he retired from farming in 1975, he continued working on the farm until well into his 80s. In about 1940, office friends in Osborne introduced Don to a young schoolteacher named Jean Kendig. On May 14, 1941, they were married at the home of Don's sister, Esther Wright, in Manhattan. To this union, three children were born: Michael Kamp, Nancy Ann, and John Patrick. Don served on the Republic School Board, and several other Republic County boards including that of the Soil Conservation District, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's ASCS, Belleville Country Club, as well as the Federal Land Bank of Concordia. He was a member of the Republic United Methodist Church, the Republic Masons, the ISIS Shrine, the Superior Country Club and the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks in Concordia, Belleville and Superior, NE. He and Jean, along with several other Republic area families, founded the Republic Pioneers 4-H Club, still in existence today, and served as the club's charter community leaders. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Nancy; brothers Kamp, Gene, and Tudor, Jr.; and his sisters Esther and Ethel. Don is survived by his wife, Jean, of the home; a son, Michael, of Republic; a son, John and wife, Mandy, and grandchildren Hayes, Hayley, and Evan, all of Hays, KS; a granddaughter, Christie Eubank and husband, Tom of Portland, OR; a grandson, Dane Petersen, of Arlington, VA; and one great-grandson, Jackson Lee Eubank, also of Portland. Memorial services were conducted at the Republic United Methodist Church in Republic on Friday, March 29, 2002, Pastor Joyce Beam officiating. Private interment of cremains was at the Charles family plot in Lake Cemetery, Republic. Memorials may be made to the Methodist Church of Republic, KSU Alumni Association, RCRA of Belleville, or American Heart Association. These arrangements were entrusted to Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas.

(Thanks to Sharon Thompson for this obit!)


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  • Created by: Luella Hinrichsen
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100017874
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Evans Charles (17 Sep 1913–25 Mar 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100017874, citing Lake Cemetery, Republic, Republic County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Luella Hinrichsen (contributor 47218988) .