Charles Grant Heter

Charles Grant Heter died in his home on July 15, 2021.  His fight with cancer lasted several years and he was a warrior.  Preceding him in death were his parents, Marvin Wood Heter and Marjorie Boyle Heter, as well as 2 older brothers, John and Tom.
Charles was born on June 3, 1948, in Davenport, Iowa.  Not long after, his family moved to Mission, Kansas.  He spent his childhood and young adulthood there, graduating from Shawnee Mission North High School.
Charles did many things during his life, but he loved carpentry.  Fixing broken antique furniture and making his own creations in his shop brought him a great deal of happiness.  He was most at home in the shop, listening to KCUR and working on a project.  Charles also enjoyed playing pool and listening to music.
Charles is survived by his wife Anne and sons John, Jonas, and Max.  Also surviving, are his siblings David, Gracie, and Steve and grandchildren Ben, Hannah, Dominic, Mia, George, and Ellery.  He was loved and will be missed by many.  He will remain loved, and greatly missed, by the other half of “you twos!”


A celebration of life/get-together/party will be planned in the near future.  He would want participants to be safe and healthy.  Stay tuned.


  1. Becky Smith on July 28, 2021 at 6:02 am

    I feel a great loss with Charles’ passing. He was a good friend. I came to know him quite a few years ago at the Clarette Club when I no longer had a pool team to play on. Charles got me put on a team. Then Charles and I teamed up for Scotch Doubles League and had great fun doing that together. I loved playing against Charles. He was so competitive and it made me want to win. It seemed that I couldn’t play a safety on him, because when I did, he always found a way to make a shot and run out. When he met Ann, I was very happy for him. She and Charles were so perfect for each other. I am sad now, not only for the loss of a dear friend, but for Ann’s loss of a soulmate as I know her pain. I hope that Charles has found my precious Alan and is teaching him all he knows about pool because someday Ann and Charles and me and Alan will get to play those Scotch Doubles pool games we never got to play together.

  2. Carleton Williams on July 26, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Charles lived around the corner from us, & I met him by stopping in to the garage he & Anne spent so much time in. As a neighbor of theirs, I didn’t hesitate at all to ask his help with a minor project.

    Good handymen aren’t easy to find!

    Turns out we had a mutual friend that Charles & Anne had worked for several times over the years. Who also greatly appreciated his help &any skillsets.

    There’s been a number of losses in my circle the past few weeks. Some were just unbelievably sad & heartbreaking losses. And losing Charles sure hurts…..

    I’m sorry Anne, you two were & remain a lovely couple. It was an honor to have met & worked with your kind Charles.

    May his memory be a blessing. Corky & Christina from Ash street.

  3. Dr and Mrs Darryl Wallace on July 25, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    We were lucky to meet Charles and Ann several years ago. They kept our house in tip-top shape and we think of Charles every time we turn on an outside faucet that he replaced, turn on a fifty year old bathroom fan that he cleaned up and rejuvenated, or go out to our fifty year old shed that he and Ann rebuilt. He can’t be replaced in our eyes by an average handyman because there was nothing average about Charles. He always treated us fairly and with integrity. He was always straight with us, gave us the options and kept his word. He always went the extra mile to do the best work he could. Even when he was compromised by his eyesight and cancer treatments, he was brave, never made excuses and retained the quality workmanship that we were accustomed to. He was one of a kind and unfortunately part of a dying breed.

  4. AJ Jacobs on July 24, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Mr. Charles (a Shark’s Solider) friend, and teacher of billiards. You will be missed my friend.
    A short chance encounter but it was full of memories and a strong and positive friendship.
    Be blessed my friend.

  5. Mark Doescher on July 24, 2021 at 11:18 am

    My friend, you are now with another Capenter; Jesus.
    Rest in Peace.

  6. Porter Knowles on July 24, 2021 at 9:53 am

    What a nice tribute to a great guy And a Craftsman who always did quality work. He will be missed but will remain in our thoughts and prayers….

  7. Miriam on July 23, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    I did not know Charles for very long. When I met him, I liked him immediately. I loved his generosity.He was genuine and solid.

  8. alBatts on July 23, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for thinking of me during this difficult time and also for sharing the link with me. I am sadden that we have lost our friend. I missed his genuine friendship and the quality times we would spend together way before his passing and I will certainly will miss him in the days to come. I will cherish the memories that began when we first met at the Clariatte; when two strangers met shooting during a random game of pool. It was at that time that I did not know that our relationship would blossom into a relationship of love and fellowship. I am so glad that our lives crossed paths. Charles will maintain a place in my heart forever. May God give his loving wife Ann and his family a peace that surpasses our understanding.
    I love you Charles!
    alBatts said it! 7/23/21

  9. Paul Vandervest on July 23, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    It is my honor to have called Charles my friend. I most miss his endearing smile, and his unrelenting, however encouraging, competitiveness upon the slate.
    We’ll knock em around, again in another life, soon enough. Rest well, friend, you fought your battle valiantly!

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