Charles John “Charlie” Buxbaum, 69, son of Chris and Helen (Brisendine)
Buxbaum, was born Aug. 8, 1939, in Chicago, Ill. He passed away on July 1, 2009, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Helen; two brothers,
David and Robert; and a beloved pet, Ibbie.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth of the home; two daughters, Donna and Kathi; one son, John; one brother, Ronald Buxbaum; seven granddaughters, Aleesha, Brittney, Marie, Chelsea, Kirsten, Whitney and Sydney; two greatgrandsons, Keon and Tavien; nine nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.
The Buxbaum family moved in 1948 from Chicago, Ill., to Eunice, Mo., where Charlie attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse, and he graduated from Summersville High School in Summersville, Mo., in 1958.
Charlie married Ruth on May 4, 1963, in Atlanta, Ga., and to this union was born two daughters and one son.
Charlie served in the United States Army from August 1958 to August 1978, a Vietnam veteran 1968 to 1969.
Charlie received Christ as his savior on June 23, 2009.
After serving 20 years in the Army, Charlie was head of the automotive department for Central Texas College at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for 13 years. He was an automotive teacher and also had classes in heating and air conditioning and welding.
Charlie was a beloved father, son, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and a good and loyal friend to many. Charlie enjoyed his family, working in the yard, teaching and helping others. Charlie listened to classical music, especially Pavarotti. He also enjoyed Irish music – the Celtic Women was a favorite because of the violin music.
Charlie survived many challenges in his life. His spirit was a strong one; he is a cancer survivor, as well as a survivor of many other illnesses throughout his later life.
Emphysema claimed his life even though he fought till the end. He is now walking and breathing free in the Heavens above. We love you Honey, Dad, Pop, Papaw, PawDaddy, and you are missed so much by so many.
Services were 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery with full military honors. U.S. Army & honorary pallbearers were John Buxbaum, Rob Mullen, Geno Johnson, Ronald Buxbaum, Lonnie Macgowen, Hermon Ridley.
The family has requested memorials to American Lung Assoc. & American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.