Schrufer, Charles J.

March 04, 2004

On Sunday, February 29, 2004, CHARLES JOHN SCHRUFER; beloved brother, father and grandfather died in Lakin, Kansas, at the age of 88. Charles was born May 7, 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest son of John and Mary Schrufer. He had five younger sisters and one brother. Charles served in World War II as a Staff Sergeant with Company "D" - first Battalion - 137th Infantry Regiment - 35th Infantry Division. He fought proudly for his county in France and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge. Charles received numerous military accommodations, including the Bronze Star for bravery in battle. He remained in contact with many of his fellow soldiers for the rest of his life. After his discharge, Charles returned to Kansas City, Kansas, to marry Mary Margaret Wheeler. They lived for a time in Baltimore before establishing permanent residency in Wichita, Kansas. In Wichita, Charles was a letter carrier and a postal clerk for the U.S. Post Office for more than 35 years. He loved to bowl in the AB May Bowling League at Thunderbird Lanes in Wichita and he was a mean card player. At age 65, he earned a degree in Gerontology from Wichita State University. Charles was an active parishioner at St. Margaret Mary's Church and a singer in the Harvest House choir before moving to the High Plains Retirement Village more than two years ago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Margaret; his sisters Rita Neville and Roseland Bauer and two grandchildren. Charles was survived by his daughters; Suellen Bergkamp of Lakin, Kansas, Shari Hockenbery of Overland Park Kansas; his brother John Schrufer of Baltimore, Maryland and sisters Gertrude Melling of Catonsville, Maryland, Noreen Rausch of Landsdown, Maryland and Bernadette Reyman of Baltimore, Maryland and five grandchildren. A memorial has been established at High Plains Retirement Home, 607 Court Place, Lakin, Kansas, 67860. The Rosary at 7 P.M. on Friday, March 5 and the funeral at 10 A.M. Saturday, March 6 will both be held at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church, 2635 Pattie, Wichita, Kansas.

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