Charles Ellis Wickes, Sr. of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in Sullivan, MO, on October 8, 2020, having reached the age of eighty years, eleven months and seven days. Charles was born in Jonesville, NY, on November 1, 1939, son on Walter Wickes and Harriet Wickes nee Barnes. On April 17, 1971 he was united in marriage to Judy Hempel and two sons came to bless this union.
Charles is survived by his wife, Judy Wickes of Lonedell, MO; by his sons, Charles E. Wickes, Jr. and wife, Christine, of Union, MO, and Eric E. Wickes and wife, Melissa, of Pacific, MO; by his sisters, Cinthia Cutro and husband, Mike, of Nazarath, PA, and Joan Anderson and husband, Lee, of Ballston Spa, NY; by his grandchildren, Samantha Wickes of Sullivan, MO, and Anna Wickes of Cape Girardeau, MO; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Harriet Wickes.
Charles was a Christian, having been raised in the Presbyterian faith and believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Air Force, as an Airman 1st Class, entering on January 13, 1959 and receiving his honorable discharge on October 11, 1963. While living in New York, he held the position of Fire Chief at Rock City Falls, NY, fire department. After moving to the St. Louis, MO, area, he enlisted in the Air National Guard in the 131st Civil Engineers Division near Lambert International Airport, retiring as Master Sergeant on September 9, 2009. During that time, he was employed as a machinist at General Electric Company in St. Louis, MO, for many years. After moving to Franklin County, he served on the fire departments of both Pacific, MO and St. Clair, MO, totaling some 55 years of volunteer service. His passion was restoring old fire equipment with his friends at Boles House 6 Fire Museum in Villa Ridge, MO. He also loved to go camping and travelling, especially to Florida during the winter. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Graveside services with full military honors were held at 11:00 AM Monday, October 26, 2020, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to Boles House 6 Fire Museum in care of Charlie Staats, 1416 Fiddle Creek Rd., Labadie, MO 63055. The family of Charles Ellis Wickes, Sr. entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO.