Lt. Col. Charles Dearth, USAF Ret.

January 30, 1953 ~ December 16, 2021 (age 68)



Lt. Col. Charles R. "Chuck" Dearth, USAF Ret., a devoted husband, loving father and Papa, a computer engineer for Dell, and a servant of the Lord at Fairview Heights Church of Christ, passed away on December 16, 2021, at the age of 68.

Chuck was devoted to his wife Carolyn of 50 years, his family, and his church family. He was very much a people person, loving to spark conversation with both people he knew and didn't know. Charles served his country for 28 years, which he was very proud of. His most cherished role, however, was being Papa to his beloved grandchildren. He loved all things computer related, designing, building, and operations; and was a program engineer with Dell Computers.  Chuck loved “busy” work, building and fixing things. His all-time favorite love was playing with his grandkids.  He also enjoyed old James Bond movies, Star Trek, and Hogan’s Heroes.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Christopher Dearth, and Charles R. Dearth, Jr.; his parents, Ernest and Betty, nee Wachenschwanz, Dearth; and his brother, Terry Dearth.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Carolyn S. Dearth, nee Martin; his daughter, Cynthia (Chris) Hill of Belleville, IL, his grandchildren, Matthew Dearth, Raelynn Hill, Lucas Hill, Connor Hill, Lizzi Gower, Caroline Roll, Celiese Roll and Caelyn Roll; his siblings, Max (Joan) Kinnison of Hesperia, CA, Jeff Dearth of Santa Barbara, CA, and Lisa Kline of North Carolina; his daughter-in-law, Diane Dearth of Las Vegas, NV, and his brother-in-law, Albert Martin of Cottonwood, CA.  Chuck is also survived by nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family will gladly accept flowers, or you can send memorials to Christian Family Services in St. Louis, MO., at, then go to the donate tab.

Memorial visitation will be on Thursday, December 30, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, IL.  

Memorial Service with military honors will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL., with Jerry Carter officiating. 

Charles’ cremated remains will later be interred into the Pacific Ocean with honors aboard United States Navy vessel.  

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December 30, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Kassly Mortuary Chapel

Memorial Service
December 30, 2021

2:00 PM
Kassly Mortuary Chapel

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