J. Charles Walje, age 95, of Kansas City, KS passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019. Visitation will be 9-10am, followed by the Funeral at 10am, both Friday, June 28th at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Pleasanton Cemetery, Pleasanton, KS. In lieu of flowers family suggests donations to Harbor Hospice at 7223 WEST 95TH St., STE, 230, Overland Park, KS.
Charles “Charlie” was born in Pleasanton, KS on January 20, 1924. He grew up in Pleasanton, attended the Pleasanton Christian Church and graduated from Pleasanton High School in the Class of 1941. Later, he was a faithful member of Stony Point Christian Church (KCK) and the Fontana Christian Church.
Charlie, as part of “The Greatest Generation”, served in the US Army, Signal Corps, on the island of Saipan during WWII, and was proud to share that he “landed on the island of Saipan on The Fourth of July, 1944, with REAL Fireworks in the Sky!”
Charlie had a dedicated career as an electrician with Phillips Petroleum for over 35 years. He was a past Master of Delaware Lodge #96, past Worthy Patron from Sincerity #295 Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of Masonic Lodge #1242 in Borger, TX. Charlie served as assistant leader with the Boy Scouts of America Troop #45 (KCK), was a member of VFW #6401 (KCK), and American Legion #156 in Paola. He was an active member of SAVE-A-CONNIE and had volunteered at the Airline History Museum for over 25 years.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine in 1987 and second wife, Nell (Justice) Walje in 2008.
He is survived by five children: Dennis Walje and wife Ava, of Granbury, TX, Karen Daugherty and husband Steve, and Debbie Garcia and husband Louie of Basehor, KS, Virginia Luce of Otterbein, IN, and Vernon Justice of Kansas City, KS. Charlie also leaves behind eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was loved by family and friends.