Friday, January 8, 2010

We'll Miss You Grandpa Charlie!

HeRoos' grandpa passed away. We are glad he didn't suffer long. It will be a wonderful reunion for he and Maida (his wife of 58 years). Below is his obituary.

Grandpa Charlie & Grandma Sharon.

Charles Anders "Charlie" Roos, 86, of Idaho Falls, died Dec. 28, 2009, at his home.

Charlie was born Dec. 19, 1923, in Green River, Wyo., where his father worked on the railroad. His parents, August Roase (Gus) Roos and Nellie Luella Randall Roos, bought and operated Star Valley Ranch. He and his sisters, Alta, Verla and Mathel attended schools in Cokeville. After the crash of 1929, the banks closed and his Dad lost his money. They moved to Freedom, Wyo., and later to Goshen. After graduating from Firth High School, he went to college in Logan, Utah.

On July 28, 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Maida Johnson, in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. On Aug. 22, 1945, Charlie was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in field artillery in the Philippines and as company mess sergeant in Korea. He was discharged Aug. 8, 1946. Charlie returned home to farming and for 50 years was a truck driver for Sam Bennion, Clark Concrete, and for 30 years drove for H-K Contractors hauling heavy equipment. He retired in 1989. After retirement, he and Maida bought a trailer and enjoyed traveling. Maida died Nov. 18, 2001. Charlie was always restless to get things done now. He got up early each morning, anxious to begin the day. He was always happy to help his friends and neighbors.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charlie held many positions in Scouting, Elders Quorum, ward mission leader, Seventies president, High Priest group leader, executive secretary, single adult representative and as bishop of the Poitevin Park Ward for six years.

He married Sharon Fowler Jackson in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on April 26, 2003. They enjoyed traveling and sharing their lives together.

Charlie is survived by Sharon; sons, Vinn (Trudy) Roos of West Valley, Utah, and Raeo (Cheryl) Roos and Danny (Laura) Roos, both of Idaho Falls; 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; sister, Alta Barber of Salt Lake City; stepchildren, Brent (Susan) Jackson and Chris (Debi) Jackson, both of Idaho Falls, Nancy (Scott) Widney of Provo, Utah, Brian (Khris) Jackson of Phoenix, LeAnn (Nathan) Vance of Tacoma, Wash., Brad (Taryn) Jackson and Kelly (Shanda) Jackson, both of Boise, and Tom (Angela) Jackson of Twin Falls; 18 step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maida; and two sisters.

The family wishes to thank Hands of Hope Hospice for their loving care of Charlie in his final days.


Kristanne said...

I am so sorry. But I hope it was a blessing. IT is hard when people move on and leave us behind. How wonderful it is to know we will all be together again in eternal families if we are sealed, and live worthily! If I can do anything let me know. I am serious about that!!

Grandma Beaner said...

My sincere condolences to both of you, Rick and Jennie. Sounds like Grandpa Charlie was a wonderful man full of love and service. I know God will put him right to work in heaven so he can keep on getting things done. I know you'll miss him terribly. Our loss, heaven's gain.

The Blanchard Family said...

Hey Jennie, I am sorry to hear about Grandpa. It sounds like he lived a great life. Your family is so cute! Glad to hear that things are going so well for you in your "new" neighborhood!

Lisa & Aukuso said...

After reading about Grandpa Charlie, he is the kind of man that we all love and respect. Best wishes to your family.