The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


November 20, 2013

Charles "Dan" Captain

SENECA, Mo. — Charles "Dan" Captain, age 66, rural Seneca, Mo., passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, following a short illness.

He was born Dec. 7, 1946, in Miami, Okla., to Charles T. and Sarah Belle Thornbrugh Captain.

Charles served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1989, as an aviation electronics technician. Upon retirement he became a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. After returning to Southwest Missouri, he became the general manager of Border Town Bingo and Casino for 17 years. During this time he also held the elected positions of First Council Person and Second Chief for the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He attended St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

He married Pamela Jo Gettys on Dec. 1, 1969, in Miami, and she survives. To this union three children were born.

He is survived by his two sons, Charles Matthew Captain and wife, Natalie, of Hicksville, Ohio, and Jason Captain, of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Sarah Wallace and husband, Jay, of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Charles Daniel Captain II, Emily Brooke Captain, Garrett Connor Daffron and Riley Anthony Captain; one sister, Velva Jean Kelley and husband, Leon Littleton; two nephews, Danny Lee Triplett and wife, Tina and John Ervin and wife, Karen; and numerous great nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Charles T. and Sarah Captain; along with his sister, Belva Jane Triplett.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary chapel with Pastor Joe Crosthwait and Travis Walthall officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

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