Charles Van Cleave

Charles Van Cleave

Thursday, December 4th, 1930 Monday, June 15th, 2020

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Obituary for Charles William "Chuck" Van Cleave

Charles William Van Cleave “Chuck”, 89, of Overland Park, KS passed away on June 15, 2020 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. Chuck was born to Ople and Alvin Van Cleave in Boise, Idaho on December 4, 1930. The Family then moved to St James, MO where Chuck graduated from High School and was then drafted into the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War. He was a trained in Field Artillery at Fort Sill, OK for tanks, and was then assigned to the 513 Transportation Truck Company in Korea till the end of his Military service. He was awarded the Korean Service medal with four Bronze Stars, the United Nations Service Medal the National Defense Service medal and a Presidential Unit Citation. After the service he then moved back to live with his parents in Kansas City, KS until he married his first wife Tabitha June Mahurim, and they moved to the Turner and then Muncie areas in K.C., KS and later to Tonganoxie, KS and eventually to Bonner Springs in 1976 until she passed in 1998, recently he has lived in Lenexa, KS. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife June and a son John Van Cleave in 1978, a grandson Clinton Slawson and a son-in-law David Slawson. Chuck is survived by so many friends and family that will miss him greatly, his son Paul Van Cleave of Tonganoxie, KS; his daughter Carolyn Slawson of Edwards, MO; grandsons Steven Slawson and Storm Slawson, great grandsons Colin Daniels, Sidney Slawson and Clayton Mauer. As well as his lady friend Caroline Cunningham and her daughters Denise and Sharon and their step children Bob and Randy Cunningham all of the home. Graveside Funeral services with full military honors will be at 10 am, Friday, June 26, at the Bonner Springs Cemetery in Bonner Springs, KS. Immediately following there will be a Celebration of Life for Chuck at the Nine Mile Farm 176382 246th St. Tonganoxie, KS 66086

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    Friday, June 26th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Bonner Springs Cemetery
    Metropolitan and Sheidley
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    Friday, June 26th, 2020
    With Military Honors
  • Interment

    Bonner Springs Cemetery
    Metropolitan and Sheidley
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Marion Conley & Paulette Mennem

Chuck was a great person, friend and companion to Carlene and us for over ten years. He will be truly missed by all who loved him. Our sympathies go out to his brother and family. Marion Conley & Paulette Mennem
Comment | Posted at 02:03pm via Condolence

Jo Ann & Bill

Chuck was a special person and a very fine gentleman He was an excellent dancer. The Waltz was like Arthur Murray. All the women loved to dance with him. He had many friends at the Legion and will be missed by all that loved him. Keep dancing in Heaven. We will keep you in our hearts
Comment | Posted at 05:31pm via Condolence


So sad and sorry about Chuck passing. He was a great guy and my companion for over 10 years.Deep sympathy to Paul and Carolyn for the loss of your dad
Comment | Posted at 05:23pm via Condolence

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