Charles E. Lanzrath, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 28, while on vacation at Beaver Lake, Ark.
Charlie was born Nov. 23, 1949, in Wichita, son of Duane and Rosemarie (Faber) Lanzrath.
Charlie attended St. Patrick Grade School, Bishop Carroll High School and graduated from Wichita State University. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. Charlie was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion Post No. 2. Charlie worked for Santa Fe Railroad, Central Kansas Railroad and retired from Westar Energy.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Betty (Elizabeth) Lanzrath of Newton; daughters, Jill (Slade) Engstrom, Benton, Kan.; Nancy Lanzrath, Lihue, Hawaii, and Kelsey (Trey) Cleaveland, Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren who know him as Bobo, Tessa, Teagan, Michael and Saylor; exchange student/daughter, Tami Gongora, São Paulo, Brazil; brother, Donald (Sandie) Lanzrath, Newton; sisters, Beverly Klag, Mary Lou (Tom) Beskett, Andover, and Virginia (Tom) Zackula, Wichita; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth.
He loved his children and grandchildren unconditionally. He could fix most anything and was skilled at moving furniture, learning it as a child with his dad and brothers. He was an expert storyteller and driving instructor. He loved finding people the perfect gift to fit their personalities. Garage and estate sales were all about the thrill of the hunt. He loved fishing and hunting or any adventure as long as you were willing to wake up before sunrise to get a head start. He could find common ground with anyone.
The Rosary Vigil was celebrated at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 3, and the Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Friday, June 4, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton. Services arranged by Petersen Funeral Home, Newton. Services will be available to be viewed online.
Memorials can be made in Charlie’s name to Kansas Honor Flight by mail to Petersen’s Funeral Home or online, KansasHonorFlight.org. Please list memorial in honor of Charles Lanzrath.