Charles Storey "Charlie" Gillis

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Gillis, Charles Storey Charlie 20, of St. Louis, was fatally injured after being involved in a car accident on September 24, 2018. Charlie was born on March 27, 1998, the son of Jack and Jenn (Storey) Gillis. He graduated from MICDS in 2016 and was attending the University of Kansas where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. As a lifelong member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, he served as an acolyte even during college. Charlie was a talented artist and an accomplished athlete with a bright and curious mind. He played football, captained the track and field team and was an All-State pole vaulter in high school at MICDS. He had a great love of the Adirondacks and Camp Dudley, where he was camper #20804, an Aide, Junior Leader and member of the Hike Hut. His heart was enormous, and he loved his friends and family far and wide. Whether scaling a tree, strumming his ukulele, vaulting over a pole or careening down a ski slope, he lived in the moment with an unwavering sense of freedom, fearlessness, passion and joy. Ever resourceful and independent, Charlie expressed a magnetic combination of creativity and playfulness. These endearing qualities and his boundless love of humanity drew people to him. He will always be remembered as a compassionate, generous friend and loving family member. Charlie truly lived by Camp Dudley's beloved motto, The Other Fellow First. Charlie is survived by his parents Jack and Jenn, his brothers Matt and Henry, and his sister Sara. He leaves his paternal grandparents John and Nicki Gillis, also of St. Louis, as well as his maternal grandparents John and Martha Storey of Williamstown, MA. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins were an important part of his life; he is carried with love and is part of each and every one of them: Suzanne Gillis and Greg Sterne, Jessica and Matt Storey, Jessica (Storey) and Blair Dils, Genevieve and Alice Sterne, Tommy, Miranda and Sam Dils, and Ellie, Rachel, and Carter Storey. He will be remembered and honored by close friends from St. Louis and MICDS, to KU, to Camp Dudley, to Westport, to Williamstown, to Seattle and all over the world. Services: A service in celebration of Charlie's life will be held on Friday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the MICDS Brauer Auditorium. Attendees should dress however they feel Charlie would want football jerseys, Hawaiian shirts and snazzy bow ties are all perfect. Charlie loved what he loved deeply and without reserve. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of time or treasure in Charlie's name to an organization that is close to your heart. A few that were of importance to Charlie are Camp Dudley, MICDS, and Great Circle - we would love to know how you choose to honor him. In addition, please consider becoming an organ donor. Other ideas for honoring Charlie include: recording an act of kindness in Charlie's memory every day for a week - #spendingmoretimeoutdoors, #livingalittlelarger, #lovingalittlestronger, #relaxingjustabitmore. Please share memories, photos, and messages of support at www.caringbridge.org/public/charliegill3
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2018