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Charles Orson "C.O." Race Jr.

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Charles Orson "C.O." Race Jr.  Obituary
STUART, Fla. – Charles Orson "C.O." Race Jr., 86, of Stuart, Fla., dearly loved by all family and friends, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Born Jan. 18, 1927, in Chicago, the only child to Charles Orson Race and Mary Dudley Race (Hahn), "C.O." later moved to Barrington Hills, where he spent most of his adult life.
C.O. graduated from Elgin Academy, Elgin, and enlisted in the Navy in 1945, finishing basic training at Great Lakes, Glenview, when World War II ended, prompting the self-proclaimed sobriquet "Four-Minute Veteran."  He continued his education at Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., where he majored in economics and met his future wife, Nancy Marie Zimmerman, both graduating in 1950. He married Nancy on Nov. 17, 1951, and enjoyed 36 blessed and happy years of marriage. After Nancy went to the Lord in May 1987, C.O. married Ruth Mary [Pasco] Spiker, a resident of Stuart, on June 4, 1988, to whom he was happily married for 25 years. C.O. and Ruth retired to Mariner Sands Country Club, Stuart, in 2005.
C.O. spent his professional career in real estate property management and investment, rising to become managing partner of Ritchie Realty & Co., Chicago, a real estate firm specializing in managing apartment properties. He was a member of several professional and social clubs during his career, including The Realty Club of Chicago, the University Club of Chicago and Barrington Hills Country Club, where he served as president and greatly distinguished himself as seven-time club golf champion.
C.O. also counted sailing, traveling and bridge as his hobbies. C.O. and his family were longtime and faithful members of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington. C.O. brought joy, happiness, wisdom and humor to all he encountered, was a marvelous dancer and was a true ladies' man, the latter of which was in great evidence throughout the week of his passing.
In addition to his wife, Ruth Mary, C.O. is survived by sons born of Nancy, Charles Arthur (Karen) Race, John Dudley (Sandra) Race and Thomas Crawford (Kathy) Race; stepson, J. Scott (Nancy) Spiker; stepdaughter, Anne (Andrew) Heller; adored grandchildren, Jason Charles, Mariel Catherine, Nathan James, Tasia Marie and Nicole Marie, John Dudley Jr., Amanda Elizabeth and Tommy and Zachary Race; great-grandchild, Jason Barnibus Race; stepgrandchildren, Margaret and Madeline Spiker, Alex, Heidi and Blake Heller; and devoted caregiver and dear friend, Magda Leiva.
C.O. was preceded in death by his son Charles' first wife, Teresa Ann (Neufeldt) Race.
A memorial Eucharist service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 623 Ocean Blvd., Stuart, with reception for family and friends to immediately follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in his name be made to either Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997; St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Stuart; or St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 647 Dundee Ave., Barrington, IL 60010.
Interment will be at St. Michael's Church. Questions about the service can be directed to St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 772-287-3244, or Forest Hills Funeral Home, 6801 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34997, 772-223-9300.
Published in the Northwest Herald on May 21, 2013
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