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Charles "Charlie" Stuart Floyd, age 90, Joplin, Mo., passed away at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield. Charlie was born Dec. 19, 1927, in Old Linn Creek, Mo., to the late Frank W. Floyd and Maude Hall Floyd.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Neal and Howard; and sister, Marge.
He grew up in Asbury, Mo., in Jasper County. He was a 1944 graduate of Carl Junction High School and a 1951 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BS in Agricultural Engineering.
Charlie was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a Private First Class in the Army Medical Corps, in Springfield, Mo. and San Francisco, Calif. He was a skilled engineer writing technical and repair manuals for farm implements and tractor companies, in Kansas City and St. Louis. Charlie was a service manager at a farming machine shop until he opened his own business, where he designed dragsters. He worked with H&R Block, in Joplin, for 16 years after he "retired".
He married Dorothy Jeanne Collins on Nov. 20, 1965, in Lee's Summit, Mo. She preceded him in death on Oct. 24, 2012, just shy of their 50th anniversary.
Survivors include niece and husband, Kay and Clark Gilson, of La Quinta, Calif.; nephew and wife, Larry and Debbie Floyd, of Concho Ariz.; niece and husband, Jeanne and Chip Allen, of Sonoma, Calif.; nephew, Frank Floyd, of Columbia Mo.; and many grandnieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews. He is survived by grandson, wife and great-grandson, Donald, Angela and Huck Collins, of Ava Mo.; and granddaughter and great-granddaughters, Cortney, Mazlyn and Quynn Collins, of Pleasant Hill, Mo.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
Published on January 5, 2018
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