JOPLIN, Mo. —
Charles Raymond Elbert, of Joplin, 81, passed away, after a brief illness, at Freeman hospital at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 1, surrounded by friends and family who loved him dearly.
Chuck was born on Oct. 2, 1931, in Hart, Mo., to Arthur Alvin and Mae Paul Elbert and was later raised by Alvin and Mary Elbert, spending most of his childhood in the Seneca area.
After graduation from Seneca High School, Chuck spent four years in the Navy serving his country. After an honorable discharge, Chuck attended the Don Martin School of Radio and Television School of Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, Calif. graduating in 1958. This was the start of a 53 year career in radio and television broadcasting which culminated with his retirement from KODE-TV in 2011, after 44 years of employment.
Chuck was an accomplished musician playing string instruments including the guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin, as well as the piano. He was at his height in glory when either playing with a group or teaching young students to play which he did over many years. As an avid model airplane enthusiast, he could build them, fly them, crash them, and build them again and loved every moment of it. Chuck was a perfectionist and this showed in everything he did. The love he had for his hobbies, his family, and his friends, showed in his daily walk.
In 1999, Chuck joined Christ's Community United Methodist Church where he grew in his faith and served in different ministries throughout the years. He loved his Lord and Savior with all his heart and his light shined brightly to everyone who knew him.
On May 20, 1964, in Chanute, Kan., Chuck married the love of his life, Connie Lou Poteet, who survives. To this marriage one daughter was born, Angela Elbert Brownstein and husband, Jonathan, of Carl Junction. Other survivors include two sons, Victor John and Douglas William Elbert, both of Oregon; and three grandchildren, Ethan and Gabrielle Bonet and Alexander Brownstein, who were his pride and joy; Surviving siblings include two brothers, Arthur Paul Elbert and Victor Elbert; and one sister, Estella Irwin. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David Elbert, Martin Elbert, and Robert Leon Elbert Ulmer; and sisters, Virginia Mae Elbert and Evabelle Smith.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at Christ's Community United Methodist Church, 2700 E 44th Street, Joplin, with pastors Bob Dart and Chris Sloan officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Brownstein, Ethan Bonet, Herbert Wood, Richard Coulter, Larry Craven, and Jim Diles. Honorary pallbearers will be Gabrielle Bonet and Alexander Brownstein. Burial with military honors will take place in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery following the service.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Chucks memory to the Christs Community United Methodist Church Building Fund/Sanctuary.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com