Charles Edward Ham, II, known to some as Bruce, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Winnie, TX on November 7, 2014, having reached the age of forty-three years, four months and twenty-four days. Bruce was born in St. Louis, MO, on June 14, 1971, and was the son of Charles Edward Ham, I and Gladys Alene Ham nee Neal. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have one son.
Bruce is survived by his son, Devin James Ham of Kansas City, MO; by ten siblings, Sharleen Winters of Columbia, MO, Nancy Graves and husband, Gerald, of Lonedell, MO, Kathy Keathley and husband, David, of Wentzville, MO, Michael Ham and wife, Susan, of Matthews, NC, Victoria Moore of Springfield, MO, Lauren Dell and husband, Douglas, of St. Clair, Kristin Ham of Cape Girardeau, MO, Elizabeth Gerling and husband, Chris, of St. Clair, Amanda Stelljes of Rolla, MO and Thomas Ham of the state of Kentucky; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gladys Ham.
Bruce was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior and was a member of Spring Bluff Baptist Church in Spring Bluff, MO. Bruce was a military man at heart and at the age of nineteen, had enlisted in the United States Army on June 19, 1990. He was honored to serve his country in the Persian Gulf War during this enlistment. He separated from active duty on June 18, 1993 and served his reserve obligation until September 5, 1997. On January 9, 2001 he reenlisted in the Army, serving in the Iraq War and received his honorable discharge on February 8, 2007, having attained the rank of Corporal. Bruce continued to serve in the Army Reserves and again entered active duty on January 3, 2009, serving in the Iraq War and separating from active duty on April 22, 2010. On August 12, 2013 he entered active duty, serving in the Afghanistan War and was separated from active duty on September 15, 2014. Bruce was an outdoorsman at heart and enjoyed listening to country music. When he was not on active duty for the military, he worked as a truck driver. He was currently employed as an over the road driver for Shaker Enterprises in St. Clair, MO. In past years, he had been employed by Althoff Enterprises in High Ridge, MO. Nothing made Bruce happier than the time he spent with his family. His keen sense of humor will be missed by them all.
A kind and loving father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Fred Banderman officiating. Interment with full military honors was held in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to VFW Post 2482 of St. Clair, MO or to American Legion Post 347 of St. Clair, MO.