Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Obituary - Charles Frankie Emerson

Charles Frankie Emerson, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at his home in Clinton, Missouri. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at the Vansant-Mills Chapel in Clinton. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 AM prior to the service. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Silent Land Cemetery in Spearville, Kansas. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross and can be left in care of the funeral home.

Charles Frankie Emerson was born on December 8, 1943 in Creston, Iowa to Charles Edwin Emerson and Tiny Vida Emerson (Reekie). His friends knew him as ‘Doc’. He passed away from this world on May 17, 2022.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Frances Emerson and one son Charles Scott Emerson and partner John Williams IV of Las Vegas, Nevada, one sister Roberta Kay Bellman of Davie, Florida, nephew Bobbie Lightfoot, nephew Eddie Lightfoot, nephew Shane Webb, nephew Jerry Hood, niece Lena Hood, great nephew Frankie Lightfoot, great nieces Sara Akinduro, Beth Lightfoot, and Kayla Lizotte, and many, many friends including one special friend Karol Meoli.

He is preceded in death by his parents, niece Angie Lakers, half-brother Gary Hallett, and great niece Jennifer Lightfoot.

He worked his whole life in the construction and remodeling trade. He was best known for his talent of figuring out construction problems for the rental houses he and wife Mary owned. If the job required four screws, he would use six or eight. He built things to last. His one phobia was to have the correct tool for the job. ”Never Cut Corners”, and “Always Do Maintenance On Your Equipment” were his motos. He was always well prepared for whatever job.

He was drafted during the Vietnam War and chose to join the United States Marine Corps. During his basic training in San Diego, CA he was sent to the defense language institute at Monterey, CA and was taught the Vietnamese language. During his time in Vietnam in 1969, he was an interpreter and also served as radio man. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. To this day he still has shrapnel in his right hand. He was extremely proud of his service to his country and being in the Marine Corps.

He loved the outdoors and did a lot of fishing and hunting. He and several friends made trips to Idaho and Colorado elk hunting and also Canada to hunt Moose at which they were successful in bringing home moose. He and friend Jim Lindsay joined forces to start Clinton Fur Company, which bought and sold all varieties of fur. He taught his son Scott how to skin raccoons, opossums, and others.

He loved gardening and often planted uncommon things such as peanuts, sunflowers, and tobacco besides traditional garden vegetables.

He was a man that never stopped learning and his knowledge was phenomenal. He never stopped to amaze his family with what he knew.

He was continually teaching his son Scott little “tricks of the trade” as he called them. He taught him about plumbing, electrical work and solving problems in repairs. . He also taught Scott how to use a wringer washing machine and make lye soap. He passed along his passion for hunting, fishing and trapping.

He was a simple man that enjoyed each day of his life and lived it to the fullest. He always believed in treating everyone fairly and giving everyone another chance if they made a mistake. He loved Christmas especially, and loved bringing his wife and son presents as well as his nieces and nephews and other family members. He showed his affection by gift giving. At times he came up with some strange gifts, but they were always enjoyed and often caused a good laugh.

He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1997.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.

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