Charles Alfred Greathouse

Charles Alfred Greathouse, son of Roy C. and Mable Yarbrough Greathouse, was born on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1930, in Flint, Mich. He went to be with his Lord and Master on May 29, 2010, in Bucyrus, Mo.

He grew up in and around Lansing, Mich., and graduated from Howard City High School in Howard City, Mich.

After finishing high school, he attended Michigan State University, Stanford University and the University of Missouri, where he became and electrical and mechanical engineer.

In 1966, Charlie was employed by the Microma Corp., where he helped develop and manufacture the first solid state digital wrist watch. They later sold the company to Intel Corporation. He continued to do contract engineering throughout the states for several years.

In 1975, he and his wife, Shirley, moved to Missouri, where he retired as district engineer from Merck Pharmaceutical in St. Louis.

After retirement, Charlie (Pop) and Shirley were able to enjoy their love to travel. They took several trips, including spending a summer in Alaska near Shirley’s daughter, Roxanne, and her family. For 12 years they spent their winters in Florida and the summers in Michigan, Missouri and wherever their hearts lead them.

In 2001, Charles and JoEtta Douglas were married. They too traveled for a while before they moved to central Florida, where they lived for four years. In 2005, they moved to Springfield, Mo., for three years. But Charles and JoEtta’s love for the farm drew them back to build their final home in the Bucyrus, Mo., area known as Sycamore Hill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Eleanor Anthes; his second wife, Shirley Ice; an infant son, Christopher Dennis; an infant daughter, Linda Marie; and three grandsons.

He is survived by his wife, JoEtta Irene Smith Greathouse; his five sons and their wives, Richard and Teri Greathouse from Virginia, Gary and Lorna Greathouse, Martin and Nancy Greathouse, and John and Paula Greathouse, all from Michigan and Anthony (Tony) Greathouse and Loretta Brey from New Jersey; also Rex and Nancy Medlock, Judy and Jerry Rupe and Kim Akers, all from Houston, Mo.; and Roxanne and Keith Miles from Oklahoma.

Charles has 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by four siblings, Jerry Greathouse from Florida and Kenny Greathouse, Betty Shray and Carol Shray, all from Michigan.

Charles loved to travel, grow blue roses and work in his shop inventing. But his love for God was the guiding light of his life. He was a Trustee in The Garden Church in St. Louis, a Deacon at Four Corners Baptist Church in Florida and a Trustee and Sunday school teacher in the Bucyrus Baptist Church in Missouri.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. He has touched many hearts as only a man of God could do.

Charles requested that in lieu of flowers, take time out and tell a young child the Good News story of Jesus Christ.

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A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday June 4, 2010, at the Second Baptist Church, Springfield, Mo., with Dr. John Marshall officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston, Mo.

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