Charles Leith Tally

Charles Leith Tally, 71 of Independence, Missouri passed away December 7, 2012 at the Independence Rehab Center after a long battle with lung cancer.

C.L. was born on February 3, 1941, in Clinton Missouri. He graduated from Van Horn High School in 1960. That same year he gained employment with Ford Motor Co. at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo. Following a brief period on the line he moved into management until his retirement in 1994. Though he retired he never quit working. He stayed busy as a realtor and especially enjoyed his time with Reese Nichols in recent years. C.L. was also very involved in the community and civic activities. He belonged to the Independence Jaycees in his younger years then led many fundraisers during his real estate career with a special dedication to The Women’s Council of Realtors. He is survived by his daughters: Kelly Kukuk and husband Tim of Ferndale, California, Stacy Davis and husband Michael of Liberty, MO as well as five grandchildren Jenny and Jacob Kukuk, Maddi, Nat and Zoey Davis. C.L. is also survived by four siblings, Bob Tally and wife Joyce, Linda Foster and husband Ron both of Independence, Debra Dungar and husband Rick of St. Louis and Kris McNeill and husband Gary also of Independence. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. C.L also leaves many friends, with a special recognition to his good friend and real estate partner Carole Harris and long time side-kick Ken Norris. The visits from his loyal friends and family made his last days a little easier. C.L. was preceded in death by his parents Loy and Josephine Tally in 1997 and 2006 respectively. A Celebration of Life will be held on December 27, 2012 from 6-8 pm at the Independence Junior Service League, 3122 South Crysler, Indpendence, Missouri.  Please bring pictures and fond memories. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Odyssey Hospice, 4911 South Arrowhead Drive, Suite 310, Independence, Missouri 64055.

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