Charles Robert Crass was born the son of Robert Henry Crass and Claudia Irene (Hartwell) Crass on January 1, 1925, in Myrtle, Missouri, and departed this life January 25, 2015, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 90 years.
He was united in marriage on June 8, 1946, at Alton, Missouri to Joyce Welliene Brewer, who preceded him in death on September 4, 2002.
He is survived by two daughters, Rosella Simpson and husband, Larry, and Tilda Ann Toomey and husband, Rick, all of Thayer, Missouri; four grandchildren, Robert Simpson and wife, Melody of Koshkonong, Missouri, Matt Simpson and wife, Rhonda, Angela Wilson and husband, Paul, and Brian Toomey, all of Thayer; three great grandchildren, Teanna Simpson, Shelby Simpson, and Garrett Smith; one sister, Helen Sue Crass of Florida; two brothers, Glendon Crass and wife, Holly of Thayer, and Sam Crass of Myrtle, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one great grandson, Cyrus Wilson; three brothers, Blanton, Jerald, and Harry Crass; two sisters, Mary Lou Freeman and Lenora Stephens, and an infant brother, Hillard Crass.
Charles was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Army-Air Force. He was drafted out of high school and after military service, returned to graduate from Couch High School with the class of 1950.
Charles worked as a logger in the state of Wyoming for several years and returned home to work for Puritan Fashions and Rebel Campers until his retirement.
He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, running his dogs, and camping with his family. His most enjoyable times were spent with the love of his life, best friend, and wife of fifty-six years, Welliene. They shared many hours of riding 4-wheelers through the woods and back roads, while watching for deer, turkey, and other wildlife.
Charles was a member of Byrd Church near Myrtle, Missouri.
He was a loving husband and devoted dad and grandpa. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
Graveside Services will be Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Thayer Cemetery, with Brother Lonnie Cagle officiating.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, January 27th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home chapel in Thayer.