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Charles E. "Charlie" Barrett

October 24, 1941 ~ April 19, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Charles E. "Charlie" Barrett Obituary

Charles “Charlie” E. Barrett, age 81, passed away peacefully in hospice care at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at St Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis from complications due to a stroke. 

Born Oct 24, 1941 in Logansport, he was the son of Norbert L. and Eleanor C. Barrett.

Charlie lived his entire life in Logansport, attending St. Bridget’s elementary school and graduating from  Logansport High School in 1960.  He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and lived a life that emulated his love for God and humanity with all the beauty, trust and innocence of a child. His kindness and generous heart were how he served our Lord.

He was a United States Army veteran, serving as a searchlight operator on the frontlines for two years in the Vietnam War.  He later retired from Chrysler Corporation after 30 years as a production worker. Charlie was a kind and gentle soul, always looking for an opportunity to help others. 

One of his best friends was Ann Smith whom he admired dearly.  And almost on a daily basis, he enjoyed fellowship, conversations, and coffee with his good friends at Hardee’s Restaurant.  Then he’d have lunch at the Salvation Army.  He loved music, Christmas, stargazing, and spending hours on his front porch swing while feeding the songbirds. 

He had a lifetime interest in science and was always thinking of new inventions, which he called “his ideas”, all with the hope to make the world a better place.

Surviving are brother John Barrett of Logansport, brother-in-law Mark Penz, sister-in-law Sarah Barrett, and 10 nieces and nephews plus their children. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Mary Ann Penz, brothers William “Bill” and Vincent Barrett and nephew Indiana State Trooper Daniel Barrett.

Charlie’s timing was notable. He passed while his entire family was gathered together at the funeral of his oldest brother Vincent. Both will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved them.

A memorial service celebrating Charlie’s life was privately held and officiated by Father Adam Mauman on April 22           

The Patriot Guard provided a display of United States flags at Kroeger Funeral Home to honor Charlie’s service to our country.  He was laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery next to his parents and brother Bill. 

Full military honors were provided by the United States Army and members of the Cass County Honor Guard.

Kroeger Funeral & Cremation was in charge of all arrangements.

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