Charles was born in Joplin July 17, 1926, the son of Edward Earl Kirkman and Edna Mabel Green Kirkman.
He graduated from Joplin High School. He married Nola P. Drury on January 9, 1948, in Joplin. She preceded him in death on May 17, 2001. Charles worked in the automobile parts business his entire life. He began in Joplin moving to Mountain Grove, Missouri in 1959. The couple moved to Fort Scott in 1965.
In Fort Scott, Charles was employed at Meyer's Auto Parts and later for Fort Scott Auto Parts which was purchased by Comstock Auto Parts from which he retired. Following his retirement he spent afternoons doing odd jobs for Mid-Continental Restoration Company until this last illness.
He served in the United States Army during World War II. He received the Bronze Star awarded him for heroic action in a battle in Northern Luzon, the Philippines.
He was a member of the Community Christian Church, lifetime member of the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W. and lifetime member of the Combat Infantrymen's Association. He also was a member of the Memphis Masonic Lodge No. 108, Garland, Fort Scott Scottish Rite, and the Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg.
Survivors include two daughters, Nyla Rae Davis, Sioux City, Iowa and Paula Howard and husband Larry, Fort Scott; one sister, Peggy Kirkman, Joplin, Missouri; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a special friend, Maurine Walkin. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda Rae Davis and a step-son, Joseph Barnett.
The Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Community Christian Church. Burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery at Joplin, Missouri.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Community Christian Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of sympathy may be sent to cheneywittcondolence.