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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wapella.com Mourns the Passing of Charles Mouser


Charles "Charlie" Mouser, WHS 1951, has passed away at the age of 75.

Charles Alvin Mouser, nationally known lecturer and editor, died Tuesday, February 10, 2009 in a Richmond hospital following a brief illness.

A resident of Nottoway County, he was a native of Wapella, IL. He served in the U.S. Army and was a paratrooper in Korea from 1952 to 1954. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a former school teacher and grade school coach. He attended Illinois College and Eureka College. He taught art at the Art Institute in Columbus, GA, and handwriting at the Perry Business School also in Columbus. In 1953 he was voted the nation’s most expert penman by the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship College in Ohio.

For years he spoke to press associations and businessmen across the country and he was known for his ability to detect business trends far ahead of most. He was considered an authority on newspaper and print advertising. He was Editor and Publisher of the Mouser Report, a monthly newsletter for the business world.

He retired in 1994 and devoted much of his time to helping friends and enjoying being a country gentleman, the life enjoyed by many of the Wapella gentry.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Mouser of Crewe; son, Dwayne Mouser of Burkeville; two daughters, Carrie M. Gravely of Petersburg and Christie Mouser of Blackstone; and four grandchildren.

All Flags Half Mast please for US Army Veteran Charles Mouser.

11 comments:

memeador said...

To whom put this about Charles Mouser on here should look and see if he had any family around here.Because it did't say who was his Mother and Father or if he had any sister or brother and when he was born. Since he is from Wappella. I just want to let you know he do's have a siter that live around here. Again you should look up thing like that before you put stuff on here from other papers.

JB Powers said...

Hi memeador,

I posted this obituary from the Farmville Herald, in Farmville Virginia on the suggestion of one of Charlie's WHS classmates. I am glad to hear that Charlie has a sister living around Wapella.

Much as I would like to, I really don't have the facilities to do a complete family history of everyone from Wapella, but if you would like to add some more details about the Mouser family, I will be glad to publish it.

Charlie was certainly an accomplished fellow, and warmly remembered by his classmate that I spoke with this morning.

Thanks for your help,
John Powers

Anonymous said...

Wapella is spelled with one 'p'.

You should look up things like that before you post your critiques of a Wapella-based blog, which is ran by people from Wapella, for people from Wapella.

Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Remember Charles, his sister, mom and dad very well. They farmed north of town east of Rt. 51 and south of Bucks Road. Chuck was known for his handwriting skills back in his school days at Wapella Grade and High Schools. Sorry to learn of his passing. Father's name was Floyd.

Anonymous said...

Here is some information on Charles Mouser. His Mother name was Anita Hedrick Mouser and his Father name is Charles Floyd Mouser that preceded in death. He has one sister and her name is Patricia Ellen Brockman she live's in Clinton. He has two nieces and three nephew.

Anonymous said...

Anita Mouser was a long time employee of Troxell's grocery store.

US said...

I am Charles Mouser's daughter and I would like to clarify things. The obituary that was posted was written at a difficult time for his wife, children and grandchildren. It was published in a newspaper in his hometown area. We are aware that he has family from Illinois.

Anonymous said...

I knew Charlie well..as a former high school classmate. Maybe Charlie had more of an influence on me than any of the other 32 classmates. He and I joined the National Guard together. (We saw going to the weekly meetings as a way to "get out" one night a week.)
I was 16 at the time. I ended up going to California during the Korean war and getting a discharge at age 19..and benefitting from 4 years of college on the GI Bill.

We were Wapella athletes...and for a time ran the 7 miles to school in the morning.. Charlie taught me about "friendly fire" when we were juniors in high school. We were shooting at tin cans floating down the creek at our farm. He with a pistol (his left arm was in a cast as a result of an auto accident) and I with a rifle. Anyway..he says I walked into his line of fire and his bullet broke a toe bone. I was in the hospital for few days, then a cast and I missed a few games of basketball. (All wasn't lost..as I ended up taking a candy stripper at the hospital to her prom in Bloomington.)

Will miss you Charlie! A positive creative human being.
Tom Ryan Tryan541@aol.com

tim said...

To whom it may concern,

My name is Timothy Charles Mouser and I was Charles Mouser's first son. He was married to my mother in 58' which is the year I was born. He left my mother and I when I was six months old and did not get a chance to ever meet him. Every so often I google him to see where he is at and am saddened to know that he has passed away before I got a chance to meet him. The reason he left my mother and I is unknown to me, and is a sore subject for my mother. My condolences to his family, and hopefully may meet them someday. I reside in Arizona now but grew up in Peoria, IL. To the best of my knowledge he never contacted me and I always felt it wasn't my place to contact him. Please email me at pizzatim@gmail.com if anyone is interested in further contact.

Brian French said...

Charlie gave a seminar in Saskatoon Saskatchewan in about 1983. And I till remember it, still talk about it, and still tell some of his stories. While he was alive I tracked him down - probably in 2002 or so and called him and thanked him...He could make learning more fun and memorable than anyone else I have ever seen.

Brian French said...

Charlie gave a seminar in Saskatoon Saskatchewan in about 1983. And I till remember it, still talk about it, and still tell some of his stories. While he was alive I tracked him down - probably in 2002 or so and called him and thanked him...He could make learning more fun and memorable than anyone else I have ever seen.

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