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Charles Henry Preston

Death 2 Jun 2013 (aged 92)
Burial Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 111815222 · View Source
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Charles Preston, 92, passed away June 2, 2013 at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas. Charles was born in St. Joseph, MO, to Adrian G and Lillie (Finn) Preston on August 16, 1920. He served in the Army during WWII in the Pacific Sector and the occupation of Japan. He met Thelma Gesler, his wife of 56 years, on a trip to visit his brother in Dalton, NY. They married August 18, 1946. They came back to St. Joseph, MO, to live and start a family. In 1953 they moved to Kansas City, KS, where he resided until July 2012. Charles worked at GM in Fairfax building aircraft and then later as an auto mechanic at various car dealerships in KCKS and Overland Park until he retired from Don Stein Buick in 1982. He was a member of the IAM Union, Boy Scouts of America, Zeredatha Lodge No 189 A.F & A.M in St. Joseph, MO, and transferred to Roger E Sherman Lodge NO 369 A.F & A.M, in KCKS, where he was honored with 50 years in 2007. While his family was growing he enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts, camping, boating, hunting and family vacations. After retirement he enjoyed many road trips throughout the country, woodworking, making decorative clocks, shelves, figures and his 127 SF, 2 story doll house, including the furniture. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Adrian G. Preston and Lillie Finn; wife, Thelma Geiser; sisters, Lorene Potts and Koleta Lewis; brothers, Marvin, Maurice and Leo Preston; son, William (Bill) Preston; and great granddaughter, Ava Marie Snider. He is survived by his sons, Charles (Pamela) Whitman of Abingdon, VA. Charles (Carol Sue) Preston of Kansas City, KS, Raymond (Janet) Preston of Shawnee, KS; daughters, Cathie (James) Webb of Overland Park, KS, Joanne (Duaine) Joynt of Port Orchard, WA, Patty (Dale) Snider of Troy, MO, Carolyn (David) Carpenter of St. George, KS, and Susan Preston of KCK; 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial visitation will be held from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, June 8 at Maple Hill Funeral Home. A Masonic Rite service will be at 3:30pm. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association , Heart of America Chapter, 3846 W. 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208. The family thanks the staff, the residents and their families at Garden Terrace at Overland Park for the care and friendship they gave him, and his family, during his stay. Please visit Charles' memorial web site at Maple Hill, 913.831.3345

Published in Kansas City Star on June 5, 2013

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 111815222
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Henry Preston (16 Aug 1920–2 Jun 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111815222, citing Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Silver Spark (contributor 46915372) .