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Charles Edwin Henry "Bud" Kies

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Charles Edwin Henry "Bud" Kies Obituary
Kies, Charles Edwin Henry Bud Died July 1, 2014 of infirmities of age. He was 89 years old. Charles was the beloved husband of 57 years of Janet Merle (Buchheit) Kies. He was the dear father of Jeffrey Charles, the late John David and Julie Joanne Kies. He was the son of Edwin and Alma Kies of Jackson, MO where he was raised. His sister Dorothy Kies Penzel (George) preceded him in death. His beloved nieces, Carolyn Bock (Lewis) and Georganne Syler (William) live in Cape Girardeau. Nephew and Godson William F. Winter, Jr. (Lisa) lives in Glen Carbon, IL. Dear brother-in-law to John (Sandy) and Judy Buchheit; dear cousin to many. After graduating from Jackson High School, Charles was drafted into the army during WWII, serving 139th Airborne Engineers Battalion, 17th Airborne Division and 194th Glider Infantry Battalion in Europe. He soared in a glider into Wesel, Germany with supportive supplies toward the end of the Battle of the Bulge. He served in the 1st, 3rd and 9th armies. When he returned home, he spent some time in farming and raising cattle on the family farm in Jackson, going to the University of Wisconsin short course in Animal Husbandry. He also raised 5,000 chickens for eggs for the local hatchery, but he lost half his flock in the summer heat of 1954. He then came to St. Louis for a new career. He began working in accounting for Daybright Company and developed his skills through a program of night classes at Washington University. After receiving his A.A. degree, he joined Grossmann Contracting Company as their accountant and office manager. He held the position for 26 years, retiring after Murphy Company acquired Grossmann. Charles was a faithful member of U.C.C. churches in Jackson and St. Louis County. St. Stephen U.C.C. in Baden was his home church for most of his life. He served in church leadership there and sang in church choirs (66 years) over the course of his life. In recent years he was a member of St. Lucas U.C.C. and sang in the choir there. Charles had a lifetime appreciation of art, encouraged by his parents and teachers. He created his own drawings in pencil, chalk or paints and played the piano. He passed his love of music to his children. He also enjoyed traveling. He visited all fifty states and traveled out of the country with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments or St. Lucas U.C.C. Services: Visitation, Monday, July 7 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN & SONS South County, 4830 Lemay Ferry Rd. (63129), then on Tuesday, July 8 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service 11:00 a.m. at St. Lucas U.C.C. 11735 Denny Rd. (63126). Interment St. Lu cas Cemetery. Following the service at the cemetery, everyone is invited to join the family at the church for a time of food and fellowship.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 6, 2014
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