Charles W. McCoy, 81

Charles William McCoy, age 81, of Citrus Hills, FL, formerly of Darwin, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

He was born Dec. 28, 1932, on the family farm southwest of Williams, IA, the son of Charles Leo and Jette (Keigan) McCoy. Charles was baptized July 30, 1933, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Webster City, IA.

In 1933, his family made the move to Darwin.

Charles was known to his family and friends growing up in Meeker County as Bill McCoy. He was educated from first through eighth grade at District 42 in Darwin, and was a graduate of the Litchfield High School class of 1951.

Undecided about what to do with his future, Charles (Bill) joined the US Air Force in February 1952, serving for four years.

With the Korean conflict slowly coming to a halt, Charles requested and was assigned to attend IBM technical training for six months in Denver, CO. This training provided him with many opportunities that would take him to his day of retirement.

Charles was united in marriage to Veronica Prikril July 11, 1980, in North Bergen, NJ.

He was blessed with three children, Michael, Mary, and Marcia, by his former marriage to Arlene (Holmgren) Williams of Litchfield.

After an honorable discharge from the US Air Force in 1956, Charles worked at Honeywell, Inc. in Minneapolis for the next 10 years. He spent the rest of his working days with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Minnesota, Austin, TX, and Los Angeles, CA, eventually retiring to Citrus Hills, FL.

Charles attended St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Lecanto, FL.

He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-granddaughters, and friends.

Charles is survived by his wife, Veronica McCoy of Citrus Hills, FL; children Michael (Connie) McCoy of Lebanon, IL, Mary McCoy of Litchfield, and Marcia (Andrew) Haefner of Crystal Lake, IL; grandchildren Kelly (Michael) Carter of St. Peter, MO, Daniel McCoy of Shiloh IL, Brooke (Jason) Barnett, Lisa Burgess, both of Troy IL, Bradley McCoy of Island Lake, IL, Sarah Haefner of Omaha, NE, Amy Haefner of Crystal Lake, IL, and Andrew “Drew” Haefner of Duluth; and great-granddaughters Madelyn Grace Carter and Isabelle Lynn McCoy.

He is further survived by nieces Bonnie (Wayne) Swenson of St. Cloud, and Jennifer (Cory) Friest of Lutsen; nephew Bruce McCoy of Seattle, WA; and sisters-in-law Millie McCoy and Barbara McCoy of Litchfield.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Leo and Jette McCoy; and brothers Harold and James McCoy.

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