Charles O. Schoene, 95, formerly of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on November 9, 2011 at The Sweet Life of Shawnee.
Charles (Charlie) was born February 27, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of Otto and Marie Schoene and brother of sisters Mary and Helen Schoene, whom preceded him in death. Charlie grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Maplewood High School in 1934. He enlisted in the Merchant Marines soon after high school. One of his high school hobbies was talking on the ham radio. This became his job during World War II. Charlie served our country as a Merchant Marine aboard the Liberty ship, the USS Amelia Earhart. He worked as the Chief Radio operator, a position he held proudly. He continued his love of the Ham Radio for many years after, often staying up all night, talking to people around the world.
After the war, Charlie moved to Kansas City where his mother and sister were living. He began his career here selling small appliances for Glasgo Electric. Later, he became an electrician and worked for the Remington Arms Corporation at the Lake City Munitions Plant. One of Charlie’s many hobbies was target shooting and was a member of the Pioneer Gun Club for many years. He loaded his own ammunition in the basement of his Waldo home. Although, Charlie never married, he enjoyed life to the fullest with many varied interests. He loved to travel by car and see the country. With a good camera at his side, Charlie took incredible pictures during his trips. Going to the Lake of the Ozarks to hike or boat was a fond memory of Charlie’s. At home, he loved to read, tinker with thrift store electronics, machinery, and typewriters, listen to music and eat out with friends. Reading was a big part of Charlie’s life. He read countless newspapers, magazines, and books. He always wanted to know “what was happening” in the world.
Survivors include his long time friends, Forrest and Martha Brooks and Mark and Mary Brooks. No services are planned. Charlie will be laid to rest in St. Louis.
We will to thank the entire staff of the The Sweet Life at Shawnee for their love and care of Charlie. We also want to thank the Odyssey Hospice for their help and kindness.
“Charlie, you will be missed for your wonderful sense of humor and knowing you has made all of our lives fuller. See you subsequently.”