Charles "Chuck" Rassel of Camdenton, Mo., died in his home on March 11, 2009. Funeral services were held on March 16 at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with Pastor Liz Pfeifle officiating. Burial was in the Cherokee Memory Garden, and military rites were held at the cemetery.
Boothby Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Charles Francis Rassel was born in Cherokee County on April 7, 1928, to Frank A. and Fern Peck Rassel. He was raised in Iowa, and graduated from high school there. On April 6, 1947, he was married to Lorna Miller, and the couple had five children. Lorna died in 1992, and he was married to Florida Roz in the Philippines on March 17, 1993. Their union was blessed with two children.
Chuck served his country proudly as a radio operator in the Army Air Corps during the Korean War. After he was honorably discharged, he returned to Iowa, where he initially farmed, He later owned and operated a trucking company, and later a bowling alley, and at another time, a grain elevator.
Chuck moved to Princeton, Mo., where he owned and operated a Western Auto-True Value Hardware store for several years, and later moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he worked in the hardware business. He later owned a liquor store in Fall River, Kan., and moved to Camdenton, Mo. in 1995. While there, Chuck worked at Carl's Supermarket, Black and Decker Tools and More, and most recently at the Wal-Mart Super Center in Camdenton.
Chuck was baptized and raised in the Catholic Church and joined the Lutheran Church after his first marriage. In later years, he returned to practicing the Catholic faith. He was a member of AMVETS, and earlier in his life enjoyed playing pinochle, bowling, video games and jigsaw puzzles. Most of all he enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends. He enjoyed attending his children's sporting events, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. Chuck was also a caring neighbor and friend, a happy person, and he could often be heard whistling a tune. Those who knew him will celebrate his life and his many accomplishments, and treasure the memories he created for them.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lawrence and Floyd Rassel; a sister, Mary Brownmiller; and his first wife, Lorna, in 1992.
Survivors include his wife Flory of Camdenton, Mo.; seven children - Steven Rassel and his wife Romie of Blue Springs, Mo., Randy Rassel and his wife Karen of Eldon, Mo., Terrie Meier and her husband Roger of Haven, Kansas, Scott Rassel and his wife Sharon of Wichita, Kan., Todd Rassel of Wichita, Kan., and Finessa and Aaron Rassel of Camdenton, Mo.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne, Paul and Tom Rassel; two sisters, Kathleen Johnson and Norma Bushman; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.