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Richard “Dick” Charles

May 17, 1942 - February 9, 2024


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    Tony Stinson says

    Already missing this guy! I am proud to call this man THE coolest guy I ever met! I am lucky to happen into this family!

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    Tom Motz says

    I am a former (retired) employee of Rea Magnet Wire. Dick and I have worked together for many of those years. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Dick. Although we have not had any conversations in quite a few years, I feel fortunate to have known him and worked with him. And yes, my wife and I have attended a couple of his “garage parties”. We had a ball.
    Tom and Dee Motz

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    Bill & Laurie says

    Dick always said “once a friend, always a friend “. We were so lucky to be included in this group. We will always remember our good times together and his awesome wit and sense of humor.
    Bill & Laurie

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Richard “Dick” Charles, 81, of Lafayette died peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, February 9th, 2024. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claudia Burton, in 2005. He was born May 17th, 1942, in Lafayette, IN, to the late Arnold and Olive Charles. He graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1961, and then served in the Air Force from 1961-1964. Richard retired from Rea Magnet Wire as Plant Superintendent after 36 years. After retirement, he opened a small business called the “The Radio Cellar” where he refurbished antique radios. Richard loved spending time with family and friends. He liked hosting cookouts, impromptu garage parties, (possibly partaking in a Miller Lite or two), Purdue Basketball, traveling, and tinkering with gadgets. He also enjoyed spending time with his long-time friend Susan Carr. Surviving are his children Deanna Roadruck, Dawn Charles (Tony Stinson), of Lafayette; Brent Charles, of Monticello, and Brian Charles (wife Yuli) of Clearwater, FL. Also surviving is his sister Sondra Ellis of Lafayette. Richard has seven grandchildren, including Josh (wife Monica), and Seth Roadruck; Daniel, Olivia, and Kaylyn Charles; and Anthony and Arianet Garcia. He has two great grandchildren in Eleanor and Alice Roadruck. Richard was preceded in death by his brother Terry Charles and his ex-wife Betty Charles. Following a private entombment please join us for a Celebration of Richard’s life Thursday, February 15, 5-8 pm at Legacy Pub.