Charles Willis Fender, 89, of Mount Vernon, Missouri passed away on Friday, November 25, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Charles was born March 10, 1933, in Brighton Missouri, the son of Charley William and Leona Marie (Armstrong) Fender.
On December 19, 1951, he married Joy Rhodes in Mount Vernon Missouri.
Charles spent his youngest years near Morrisville and Ash Grove, Missouri. His family moved to Mount Vernon in 1945 and he spent the rest of this life calling Mount Vernon home. He was a 1951 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Joy after graduation and together they spent the next 70+ years together raising their family and traveling together. Charles spent his working career with Carnation Milk Co, later to become Mid-America Dairymen. Charles remained close with his high school buddies and enjoyed rehashing the success of their football team. He enjoyed going to the horse races and owned and raced a horse for a time. Charles also enjoyed playing for the Chesapeake baseball team and later coaching young players. He was a long-standing member of the Eagles Lodge in Mount Vernon and a 60-year member of the American Legion Post 137. He was proud of his children, granddaughters and his nine great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Charles is survived by his wife, Joy; his son, Paul Fender and wife Brenda, Nixa; daughter, Pam Smith and husband John, Mount Vernon, son-in-law Jeff Champion, Mount Vernon; five granddaughters, Stacey Ferrell (Bill) of Branson West, Kelly Fender of Springfield, April Orr (Joey), Crystal Kuhnel (Erick) and Holly Royster (Dustin) all from Mount Vernon; four great-grandsons and five great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Charlene Armstrong and one daughter, Paula Champion.  Services will be held at a later date under the direction of Greenlawn North Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity in his memory will be appreciated by the family.
Services are pending at this time.


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