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CHARLES ARTHUR TRUM, educator, advertising executive and loving husband, father and brother passed away on February 3rd.Charles was born on August 7, 1949 in Beaumont, Texas, son of Joseph and Carla Scharnberg Trum. He attended local schools in Beaumont and graduated from Lamar University. Charles' childhood was an active and happy one filled with friends, laughter, family life and a love of baseball and fishing.Charles had a long and successful advertising career, forming part of the family business, Trum Advertising. The business eventually brought him from Beaumont to Houston where he has lived for the past 18 years. A second career was in store for him upon his retirement from the advertising world. Fulfilling a life long goal, Charles received his teaching certification in 2003 and has been a fifth grade teacher since. His love of the classroom and his students was great, and he truly made a meaningful contribution that touched and improved the lives of many. Charles taught at two elementary schools, Haude and Krahn.In 1981 he married Mary Laurine Yust of Batson, Texas and began 28 wonderful years of traveling, building a home, enjoying great friends and rearing three adored children. Their daughter Caroline is in law school while son Charlie and daughter Hannah are in college. Charles had deserved pride in each of his children and he considered them indeed his greatest accomplishment.In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by four siblings: Joseph Trum, Sydney Trum Busch, Hildegarde Trum Ballard and Carla Trum Mercado, several nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. His parents predecease him.Charles will be missed by many and remembered for his enjoyment of life and belief in family.A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 7th at 3:00 in the afternoon at Klein Methodist Church, 5920 FM 2920, Spring, Texas.In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family suggests donations in Charles' memory to Friends of the Animals, P.O. Box 5455, Mabank, Texas 75147.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2010
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