Charles L. "Charlie" Myers, 82, of Jacksonville died Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
He was born January 21, 1932, in Jacksonville, the son of Clarence C. and Anna Elizabeth Burkery Myers. He married Mary Darush on October 24, 1956, in Jacksonville and she survives.
He also is survived by a daughter, Sue Ann Ballard (husband, Greg) of Jacksonville; a son, David Lee Myers (wife, Wendy) of McDonough, Ga.; a grandson, Hunter Lee Myers of McDonough, Ga.; a half brother, Robert Myers (wife, Kathy) of Valparaiso, Ind.; a niece; a nephew; and several cousins, including Elmer and Lynda DeFrates and Tom DeFrates, all of Bowie, Texas, and Don and Becky Allen of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, H. Virginia Cowden; and a cousin, Harry DeFrates.
Charlie attended Our Saviour School and Routt Catholic High School prior to joining the U.S. Army at a young age. He served as a corporal with the Army's 5th Regimental Combat Team, Fox Company, 2nd Platoon, from 1949 until 1952 during the Korean War. Upon returning to Jacksonville, he worked for NESCO, Thorn and Jacksonville Monument Companies and Starr Brothers Distributing. He worked for 25 years as a stationary fireman at the Jacksonville Developmental Center prior to his retirement.
Charlie had a passion for honoring military service in our community. He was the founder and designer of the Korean War Memorial in Community Park and assisted with the design and relocation of the WW II Memorial in Community Park. He was a member of American Legion Post #279, VFW Post #1379, and Amvets Post #100. In addition, Charlie served as a member of the Combined Veterans Ceremonial Team for 42 years. He was a former member of the Jacksonville Elks, Moose and Eagles fraternal organizations.
Funeral services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Korean War Memorial Maintenance Fund previously established by the Myers family or a charity of the donor's choice
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