Military veteran

Charles Edward Routh Jr., 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at his residence in Ellsinore.

He was born Nov. 30, 1922, in Plato, son of Charles Edward Sr. and Addie Mae Bolding Routh. He and Martha Jean Nicol were married Aug. 29, 1953, in Las Vegas, Nev.

He lived in Ellsinore during his early childhood and returned 24 years ago after retiring as an aerospace logistical engineer. He worked on the F-104 and F-106 fighter aircrafts while at Convair Corporation. He also worked on the F-4, F-15 and F-18 fighter aircrafts while at Hughes Aircraft Company.

He was a member of the Society of Logistical Engineers and the American Legion. He was a Army veteran of World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of Operation.

He enjoyed working on his land and being outdoors. He was interested in family genealogy and enjoyed visiting with people.

Survivors include his wife, Martha; three sons, Doug Routh of De Soto, Greg Routh of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and John Routh of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Services were Sunday, Jan. 8, at McSpadden Funeral Home in Van Buren with the Rev. William McDowell officiating. Burial was in Van Buren City Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at

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