Charles Albert DeSha, age 83 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Missouri Veteran’s Home in St. James surrounded by family.
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He was born on November 14, 1937 in Hillview Ill. the son of James Victor and Mina Mozell (Morgan) DeSha. Charles was married on December 22, 1963 to Dolores Schutz in Hillview, Ill. She survives at the home.
Charles was not only a lifelong learner of great intellect and intelligence, but could work with his hands in any capacity. He graduated from Greenfield High School, Greenfield, Illinois then enlisted in the United States Air Force. Charles proudly served his country for 10 years. After his service in the Air Force, Charles earned a college degree from Quincy College, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University and completed all coursework towards a PHD.
Charles served as a businessman in a variety of ways throughout his extensive professional career.
He was a man of quiet faith, not always vocal about his deep rooted convictions. Those closest to him, however, knew him as a follower of Christ. He and his wife were members of First Assembly of God in Jefferson City.
Charles loved being active in mind and body. He enjoyed boating and sailing, playing sports with his kids and grandkids and taking care of his beautiful flower gardens. Charles was an avid reader and kept his mind sharp by poring over countless books. Charles had a heart for giving and was dedicated to helping others. Early in their marriage, he and his wife were foster parents and provided a loving home for children in need of support. He exuded positivity and charisma and walked with confidence and purpose. He was always there to provide a smile, a word of encouragement or the occasional lighthearted joke. Charles was a man of big ideas and never limited himself when it came to his goals. He was a multitalented dreamer who could accomplish anything he dedicated his mind to. Most of all, Charles reveled in spending time with his family. His grandchildren were the light of his life.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 56 years, Dolores DeSha of Jefferson City, Mo.; four sons, Jon Alan DeSha of Chino, Calif., Neal Evan DeSha (wife, Lisa) of Springfield, Mo., Ryan Charles DeSha of Marshfield, Mo. and Aaron James DeSha (wife, Iris) of Jefferson City, Mo.; one brother, Larry DeSha of Mt. Sterling, Ill.; one sister, Donita Young (husband, Eugene) of New Britain, Ct.; and many cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Carl, LeRoy, David and Randall DeSha; one infant brother, Robert DeSha.
Private memorial services will be conducted Thursday, December 10, 2020 with the Reverend Lowell Perkins officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be held at Pinetree Cemetery in Patterson, Ill.
A webcast of the funeral service will be provided at the church website firstassembly.org and will begin at 10:00 AM. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at 9370 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132-3214, the First Assemblies Bible Alliance at 1445 N Boonville Ave. Springfield, MO 65802 or The Voice of the Martyrs at 1815 SE Bison Rd. Bartesville, OK 74006-9938.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.