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Charles "Charlie" Prentiss

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Charles "Charlie" Prentiss Obituary

July 26, 2013

Charles "Charlie" Prentiss, 81, of Fort Myers Beach, FL died on July 26, 2013 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center, Fort Myers, FL. He was born on May 6, 1932 in Chicago, IL, a son of Julian and Margaret (Smith) Prentiss.

Charlie was the owner/operator of Hazelcrest Scavenger for many years before he sold the company and retired to Fort Myers Beach.

He entered the Hazelcrest, IL Fire Department as a cadet at the age of 16 and remained part of that team until 1985; while part of the team he served as fire chief and was instrumental in the implementation of a full time paramedic team. Charlie was also a sponsor for Small Fry Basketball in Homewood, IL for over 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Denise B. (Doyle) Prentiss, his children, Jay (Sue) Prentiss of Lodi, WI, Charlynn (Sean) Shanny of Shaftsbury, VY, Cindy (John) Kas of Janesville, WI and Coleen Prentiss of Blue Hill, ME. His grandchildren, Jill, Lisa, Ryan, Ellie, Jake, Luke and Charlie, his great grandchildren, Isaac, Isla and Aiden, his sisters, Dolores (Richard) Stockwell and Marian Baxter, of Hazelcrest, IL and his stepsons, Scott Schmall and Jerry (Amy) Schmall, of Cape Coral, FL.

Funeral services and burial will be held privately by the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Salvation Army, 10391 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919. Friends may sign the guest book at

Published in The News-Press on Aug. 6, 2013
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