Charles Wayne (Chuck) Lindsay
Charles Wayne (Chuck) Lindsay, age 84, of Oakley, Ks., passed away at his home surrounded by family on January 28, 2019. Chuck was born in Garnett, Ks., on August 4, 1934, to Claude and Dott (Slinkard) Lindsay.
Chuck attended school u n t i l the 10th grade and then went to work in the oilfields with his dad, Uncle Harold and brothers.
In 1957, Chuck’s first son, Mitch, was born from his first marriage. Shortly after, Chuck served in the United States Army. He was stationed overseas in Germany as a tanker until 1959.
Upon discharge from the Army he returned to work in the oilfields as a driller. Chuck traveled to Oakley to drill an oil well, stopping in at the Little Café to eat meals.
It was at the Little Café that he met Eunice Vavricka who was working as a waitress. After a short six or seven week courtship they were united in marriage on October 7, 1960.
A son, Rusty, was born in 1961. Chuck continued working in the oilfields throughout Kansas and Nebraska until 1962 when he moved his family back to Oakley and started working for the City of Oakley.
Daughter Susan (Susie) was born in 1963.
Chuck later worked for Olin Kannady and in July 1967 he went to work for the Oakley school district as a maintenance supervisor.
Daughter Terri was born in 1967.
While working at the school he also started and worked at his home-based business Lindsay Upholstery. In 1996, he retired from the school district after 30 years of service.
Chuck always had a love for building. He built the home where he raised his family and resided for 56 years. He built a cabin at Cedar Bluff Lake where the family went for weekends to enjoy boating, skiing, fishing and hunting.
Many summer vacations were spent in Garnett helping his parents with building projects and hunting or fishing with his brothers.
Chuck had a love for history and took his kids on many trips to historic places. His grandchildren loved to hear his stories about the “good ole’ days.”
After his retirement he continued his upholstery business at a smaller level as he developed a desire to restore old buggies, pedal cars and tractors. He rebuilt two buggies, one for each of his two daughter’s weddings.
Chuck had a love for horses, keeping several in his pasture south of town, which worked out wonderfully to pull his restored buggies.
After he could no longer harness his horses, he decided to build a horseless carriage. He also rebuilt a cable tool rig originally from the Pittsburg, Ks., area used for mining.
Chuck was a member of the United Christian Church, Lions Club and a Boy Scout leader while son Rusty was in Scouts.
Chuck was also active in the 7th Calvary Re-enactment Group. He built a Civil War style ambulance for the group. He also made a brief appearance in the re-enactments docudrama Thorf’s Dragon.
Chuck was preceeded in death by his parents; two brothers, George and Emmett; brother-in-law, Warren Park; two sistersin-law, Mae Hullet and Candy Jo Beckner; four nephews, Vaughn Tomlinson, Chuck Hartpence, Jerry Lindsay and Steve Phillips; one great-niece, Lezlie Gean; and furry companion, Tootsie.
He is survived by wife Eunice, the love of his life; two sons, Mitch (Nancy) Powell of Halstead and Rusty (Pam) Lindsay of Hays; two daughters, Susan (Jerry) Glassman of Oakley and Terri (Dan) Hutton of Scott City; 10 grandchildren, Megan (Shane) Stephenson, Bradley (Audra) Lindsay, Michael (Nika) Lindsay, Kyle Glassman, Shaylyn (Eric) Rucker, Wyatt Glassman, Danielle (Nathan) York, Briana Hutton, Grace Hutton and Callie Hutton; six greatgrandchildren, Aidan Stephenson, Connor Stephenson, Bella Lindsay, Zachary Lindsay, Maddox Lindsay and Lexis Glassman; four sisters-in-law, Betty (Jerry) Ranes, Dixie Lindsay, Cherry (Clair) Law and Cora Lee (Ken) Walker; four brothers-inlaw, Kelvin Hullet, Robert Lynn (Pat) Vavricka, Pat (Rita) Vavricka and Lee (Shelly) Beckner; his faithful dog, Trixie; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Visitation will be Fri., Feb. 1, 5:00-9:00 p.m., at Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, 217 Freeman Ave., Oakley, Ks. 67748. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Services will be at the United Christian Church, located at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, on Sat., Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m., 3083 US 83, Oakley, Ks., with Pastor Bob Kelly officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakley Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Chuck Lindsay Memorial Fund and sent in care of the funeral home, Box 221, Oakley, Ks., 67748.
A guestbook is available at www.kennedykosterfh.com