Charles Stevens


Charles Stevens

Charles Stevens

The world was a better place for Charles Maurice Stevens having been in it for almost 93 years. He was called by the Lord and Savior of his life to heaven on September 1, 2014, with his dear wife, Lillian, at his side; a place she knew the comfort of for 73 years.
Charles was the sixth child of Thomas and Laura (Bottomley) Stevens. He was born in Mount Vernon, Indiana, on October 17, 1921. As a boy scout in his youth, he had fond memories of the many projects he was involved in including filling sand bags for the great Mount Vernon flood in 1935. He sang with the high school choir, acted with the drama club and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1940.
In January 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps from Mount Vernon and was transferred to Dayton, Ohio where he had previously been employed as a clerk at Wright Field. While serving three years in the military, Charles spent 16 months in the Central Burma and India Theater Campaigns and received the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal and held the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion Post 5 in Mount Vernon. He was lovingly referred to as Charles, Charlie, Chas, dad, brother, uncle, papaw and granddaddy and friend by those who loved him but his greatest moniker was a child of God. He served as a faithful member of the Mount Vernon General Baptist Church for 62 years, sang in the choir, song leader, and deacon from 1965 to 1991. His son David lovingly said when introducing him to friends in Montana, “My dad put his faith into ‘shoe leather’ and lives his life accordingly.”
Charles played the violin, was a great baritone singer, a good dancer, enjoyed golfing, bicycling, hiking, and traveling. He and Lillian spent many years as Floridian snowbirds. He loved to play games and cards with friends and neighbors but especially with his children and grandchildren. As a grandfather and great grandfather he enjoyed supporting their many school and sports activities. He was an avid family historian and was a wealth of knowledge regarding names, places and interesting anecdotes and stories. He could recite poetry, the states and their capitals, the Preamble of the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, memorize the lyrics of many songs, and got a lot of mileage out of the jokes he told.
Charles retired in 1983 from Farm Bureau Co-op Refinery after more than 37 years of employment. He had an office in both Mount Vernon and Indianapolis working as the Indiana Farm Bureau Ad Valorem Tax Agent.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three sisters, two brothers, and his beloved son, David Charles Stevens, in 2005.
He is survived by his wife Lillian (Schutz) Stevens of New Harmony, daughter Jennie (Donald) Walker of Carmel, Ind., daughter in law, Eileene Stevens Dye of Anaconda, Mont., grandchildren, Amber (Derek) Empie, of Carmel, Ind., Alex (Lauren) Walker, of Carmel, Ind., Aaron (Thara) Walker, of Orlando, Fla., Ashley (David) Gearding, of Charlotte, N. C., Christopher (Laura) Stevens, of Tucson, Aria., and Nathan (Laralynn) Stevens, of Chatteroy, Wash. Ten great-grandchildren, Garrett, Grady and Griffin Stevens, Ames and Mirabelle Stevens, Carson, Adisyn and Aubree Empie, and Alexander and Lillian Walker. Sister in laws Jackie Schutz, Francis Schutz, Marjorie Cobb, brother in law, Eddy Schutz, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
We, as family, are very proud of our heritage and the wonderful example of a life well lived with a fine balance of determination and grace that he showed throughout his life. We are grateful for the legacy of strength and love he had for us, his family.
Friends and family will celebrate his life on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11 a.m., at the Mount Vernon General Baptist Church, 1717 North Main Street, Mount Vernon with burial to follow in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Schneider Funeral Home, 512 Main Street, Mount Vernon on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 6 until 8 p.m.
We would like to thank the devoted caregivers of the Mount Vernon Healthcare and Hoosier Village of Indianapolis and the Mount Vernon Honor Guard of the American Legion Post 5.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Vernon General Baptist Church.
Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com

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