WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Charles E. Littrell, 74, of Warrensburg, Mo., formerly of Parsons, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
He was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Lawton, Okla., to James W. and Dorothy O. (Gilpin) Littrell. He graduated from high school in Blue Mound in 1955.
He married Florence M. Stainbrook in July 1955 in Miami, Okla. She preceded him in death. He married Carolyn S. (Allen) Bertling on Aug. 12, 1988, in Miami, Okla. The couple moved to Warrensburg in 1989.
Mr. Littrell served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He would eventually receive an associate’s degree in business administration following his military service. Following his retirement in 1975 after 22 years of service, he was a facilities manager at Labette County Medical Center in Parsons for several years. At the same time, he also worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. In Warrensburg, Mr. Littrell worked at Whiteman Air Force Base. He retired from civil service in 1995.
He volunteered at the Warrensburg Veterans Home in the canteen as the ice cream man. His hobbies included fishing and genealogy.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; six children, Charles Edwin Littrell Jr. and his wife, Melinda, of Chetopa, Annette Buckle and her husband, Rick, of Girard, Katherine Buckle and Brian Sleeper, also of Girard, Brenda Miller and her husband, George, of West Plains, Mo., Donald Bertling and his wife, Janet, of Valley Center and David Bertling and Christy Jones of Altamont; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Nelda Bergeron and her husband, Dick, of Cutler, Maine, JoAnn Smithers and her husband, Lane, of Gardner and Wynonna McQuay and her husband, Ron, of Stockton, Mo.; two brothers, James Littrell and his wife, Sherri, of Drexel, Mo., and Bobby Geane and his wife, Jean, of Winona, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his first wife, Florence, he was preceded in death by both parents; his daughter, Debra J. Littrell; two granddaughters, Mindy Hughston and Kayla Walters; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law.
The celebration of life service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg with the Rev. Sid Tiller of Northside Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Fort Scott National Cemetery at a later date with full military honors.
Memorials are suggested to Johnson County Cancer Foundation in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net.