Charles W. Meeks (80) of Altamont


Published on April 17 2013 10:07 am

Charles W. Meeks, 80, of Altamont died at 7:55pm Monday, April 15, 2013 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 22 at 11am at Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont.  Burial will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri by the US Air Force Burial Detail.  Visitation will be from 5-8pm Sunday.  Military Burial Rites will be conducted at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri with the United States Air Force Burial Detail providing the military burial rites on Monday at 2:00 pm.

Charles Willliam Meeks was born January 26, 1933 in Effingham, Illinois.  He was the son of Charles and Ruth (McVicker) Meeks.  Charles and his family moved from Effingham to Altamont in 1940 at the age of 7 years. His first responsibility was his employment with the family business throughout his youthful life as was expected in that time of life working for the Meeks Grocery.  He graduated from Altamont High School with the class of 1951. He was very active in athletics, basketball being his favorite sport, even until his passing.  He continued his education by graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor’s degree.
After graduation and during the Korean Conflict he enlisted in the United States Air Force until his retirement after serving 26 ½ years reaching the rank of E-9 or Chief Master Sergeant. His MOS was a cartographer or an Aeronautical Specialist. He continued to work as a GS in Civil Service in the defense mapping agency a division of the central intelligence division. His retirement in 1994 lead him back to Altamont, his hometown. During his service to his country Charles married Joann Rambin, on October 22, 1955 in Shreveport, Louisiana and she preceded him in death on September 20, 1981. Together, Charles and Joann were blessed with three sons: Michael, Jeffrey and John. After her untimely death in 1981 he met Rae O’Neill in Pennsylvania and married her, on April 13, 1985 in Emhaus, Pennsylvania. Charlie was an active member of the Altamont community.  He was affiliated with the First United Methodist Church, enjoyed playing golf, and especially following the Altamont Indians.

He is survived by his: Wife:Rae Cecile Meeks of Altamont, Illinois; 3-Sons:Michael (wife, Karen) Meeks of Elkhorn, Nebraska, Jeffrey Meeks of Walnut Creek, California and John Meeks of Omaha, Nebraska; 1-Sister:Miss Mary Ann Meeks of Altamont, Illinois; 6- Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren and Several Nieces and Nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Parents:Charles Edward and Ruth Lucille (McVicker) Meeks  and his First Wife:Joann (Rambin) Meeks.

Memorials to the Disabled American Veterans.