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Charles R. Fillmore passed away at home on June 1, 2014, at the age of 93. He was married to Anne Jones Fillmore from 1943 until her death in 2007. His family includes two daughters, Harriet DeBauge and Connie Fillmore; two granddaughters, Sarah Swartz and Leslie DeBauge; and four great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece Rosalind Tanner and his cousin Frances Fillmore Lakin. He was preceded in death by his sister Rosemary Fillmore Rhea. Charles grew up at Unity Village and lived there virtually his entire life. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He spent the rest of his life working in various capacities at Unity School of Christianity, including president and chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He was the grandson of Unity's founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. Charles belonged to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was named "Beta Man of the Year" by the Greater Kansas City Alumni Association in 1989. He was Chapter Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross from 1970 to 1972 and served as a member of that Board for many years. He was a member of Rotary International for 40 years. He served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee for the Missouri Conservation Commission and was a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited. He served as a judge on the committee that awards the prestigious Templeton Prize for Religion. Charles loved the outdoors and when possible, spent part of every day fishing, hunting, playing golf, or driving around Unity Village looking for wildlife. He and his wife Anne will be fondly remembered by their family and many friends. A memorial service will be held at the Silent Unity Chapel at Unity Village on Sunday, June 22, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Unity School of Christianity or to the American Red Cross.
Published in Kansas City Star on June 5, 2014
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