Charles Robert Thorpe

Charles Robert Thorpe, 82, of Merriam, Kansas, fell asleep in death September 12, 2012.  He was born November 4, 1929 in Nowata, Oklahoma.

Charles is survived by his wife of 47 years, Charlotte (Hansen) Thorpe, one daughter, Julene Eisenhauer (Shawn), and four grandchildren, Brittan, Mayme, Charles Loren, and Attie Rose.  He is also survived by a brother Jim, and a sister Roberta along with nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was employed by TWA for 33 years.  He worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst, and truly enjoyed and took pride in his work.  He retired in 2002.

He was baptized in 1940 as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and spent his life sharing the beautiful hope for the future from the Bible.  He served as a pioneer minister, devoting 100 hours or more a month talking to people about the Bible for several years in the 1950’s and 60’s.  He often spoke of the importance of having a “scriptural vocabulary”, and taught many persons that became dear to his heart how to build their own, and to be able to find the truth in their own copy of the Bible.

He can best be described as a very humble man, never raising his voice in anger.  Serving as an elder in the congregation for decades, he spoke with solid wisdom from the Bible that assisted numerous people.  He selflessly devoted hours upon hours, sometimes far into the night, helping anyone that called upon him.  He is earnestly described by his friends as the ultimate person, and many have shared that he changed the course of their lives, or was the one person they felt they could turn to in times of personal distress because of his great compassion.  Yet, he never minced words in quietly stating things precisely as they were.

 He also enjoyed traveling. In 1972, he traveled around the world, including a trip to the Holy lands.  He documented the journey through such areas as the Dead Sea, Mount Meggido, Jerusalem, the River Jordan and much more.  He then spoke several times publicly sharing his slide presentations.

He will be dearly missed by his family, and will leave a place that can not be filled in the hearts of family, friends and the congregation.  We lay him to rest with the deepest of respect, and thankfulness that we had the opportunity to know such a great and yet very humble man.

Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Olathe at 1113 South Ridgeview Road, September 22, 2012 at 2pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.


  1. Charles Barber on September 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I think of Charles as being a very
    kind and gentle person who cared
    about others and yet a man of un-
    compromising integrity. I will al-
    ways appreciate his fine example and
    with his family look forward to his
    early return in the resurrection.

  2. Julie Hatcher on September 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Charlie was a very kind and thoughtful man. He was always willing to drop everything to help a co-worker, and knew just about everything there was to know about the systems he supported. He shared his faith with many of us at work, and we had a number of thought-provoking discussions. My prayers go out to you and your family. I know that Charlie will be greatly missed.

  3. Charlotte McKinley on September 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Such a kind and wondeful man…truly a fine example, always busy in Jehovahs work. He always stop by, to say hello, when he was visiting the neighorhood…sharing the truth, with anyone he talked with, and always so pleasant. He will be missed.

  4. David Greenlee on September 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I always enjoyed the theological discussions I had with Charles. Whereever we ran into each other, an airport in Chicago, the grocery store, or when he stopped by my house when in the neighborhood.

    My last memory of Charles will be the day I ran into him at the HyVee in Mission. Charles and I stood in the space between the inner and outer door discussing our favorite subject, our faith. We must have talked about Jehovah and the Kingdom, for about 15-20 minutes when a young girl entered the store and as she passed us said “Hi Grandpa” – waving at Charles.

    Charlotte, I know you, your family and friends will miss Charles but I pray that all will be strengthened as we recall Jehovah’s promises. May Jehovah comfort you and your’s duing this time.

  5. Carol Vukas on September 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I think all of us who were taught by Charles and who observed his example of faithfulness, loyalty, truthfulness and obvious close relationship with Jehovah will be forever benefited, even during this interim when he rests awaiting his resurrection.

    He will continue to be a pillar for us when God’s Kingdom is fully established on the earth and he rejoins us and shares our reward for upholding Jehovah’s name under these difficult conditions.

    Until then, we wait for the sure fulfillment of all that our God Jehovah has promised, and we will do our utmost to be a support to the family in their time of need.

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