Military veteran

Charles “Charlie” Wesley McGuire, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

He was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Chelsea, Okla., son of James Judson and Anna Mae McGuire.

He enlisted into the Marines at age 17. He served during World War II and later was recalled from the inactive reserves during the Korean War.

Aided by the G.I. Bill, he graduated from Washington University. He served as corporate director of organization development at Abbott Laboratories and retired in 1983.

Heart problems limited his activities. He enjoyed riding his fox trotter, Piney River Kate, through the woods of Longshadow Farm at Ellis Prairie. He produced walnut and cherry pieces of furniture and memento/jewelry boxes for family and friends in his workshop. He joined his wife’s writing groups and started writing. He authored a sociopolitical column for the Senior Living Newspaper for five years and wrote a collection of essays under the title of “Ruminations.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James Judson Jr., John Morton and Robert Denny; and a sister, Mary Dean Cleary.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Dolores “Lori” Eileen McGuire; three children, Kathleen Leigh Whatley of Prior Lake, Minn., Charles Wesley McGuire II of Lake Zurich, Ill., and Elizabeth Jane Ahrens of McHenry, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The body was cremated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Springfield, 2432 E. Madrid, Springfield, Mo., 65804.

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