Charley  Vandergrift
Charley Will Vandergrift, 76, of Alba, Mo., entered his Heavenly home on December 29th, 2018 surrounded by his family. Charley was born on October 15, 1942, at home to Claude and Ruby Vandergrift. His mother asked his father to fill out the birth certificate with the name of Charles William Vandergrift. When the birth certificate came, it was in the name of Charley Will Vandergrift. Charley was one of eight children.
He is survived by four sisters, Alice Reese and Shirley (Melvin) Owens, of Mt. Vernon, Rosie Hoffman, of Brazelton, Ga., and Daisy Garner, of Miller; one brother, Ralph (Jake) Vandergrift, of Miller; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Charley was united in marriage to Delores Ann Hastings on August 21, 1964, in Mt. Vernon, Mo., at the home of his sister, Shirley. They celebrated 54 years of marriage this year.
Through good times and not so good times Charley has always been there for his family. Charley always knew he was in trouble when he heard Delores call "Charley Will".
Charley is survived by his wife, Delores, of the home; four daughters, Vicki Arner (Danny), of Sarcoxie, Mary Beauchamp (Mike), of Alba, Susan Thorn (Morgan), of LaRussell, Missy Pietz (Ryan), of Webb City; one son, Andrew Vandergrift (Rebecca), Alba; six grandsons, six granddaughters and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved pups, Annie and Ginger. Charley was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Dewey and Willis.
Charley worked as a machinist for Steadley's, in Carthage, until January of 1998, retiring after 33 years. He would have been retired 21 years the 5th of January, 2019. Charley truly never retired until he became ill this year. He said he "loved his job, but it didn't pay much". He always kept the home and farm well groomed. He would have two or three gardens going every summer and would share the abundance with family and friends. There was always time for a break when his best friend, Gary Jarmin, would come by and pick him and Annie up for a coffee break at Quaker Mill. He kept the campfires burning (even in the rain) when the family would gather to camp at Ride For Life, Ride For Kids and weekends at the lake. His passing will leave a large hole in our lives but we know that he is in Heaven watching over each and every one of us.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 3, at Ulmer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 4, at First Christian Church, in Carthage. Burial will be at Goss Cemetery near Phelps, Mo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carthage or Joplin Humane Society, in care of Ulmer Funeral Home.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Published on January 2, 2019


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Rachel Blankenship
Jan 03, 2019
I love and miss you zouch till we meet again grandpa fly high and please watch over grandma rip "the jerk"
Love you!!