Charles S. Lawler


Charles "Chuck" Stanley Lawler, age 19 at the time of his death in 1950, is coming home to be buried next to his mother after being killed during the Korean Conflict; he is finally being returned to his family.
Chuck was born Dec. 26, 1930 and spent most of his life growing up in Phil Campbell, Alabama, with his aunt, Flossie Franks. As a teenager he moved to Traverse City and lived with his mother and stepfather, Elsie and Louis Otto, while attending Traverse City Public Schools until he enlisted in the military.
Chuck was a member of M Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division as a Corporal in the U.S. Army. It was in the vicinity of Unsan in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that he was determined to be killed in action.
His mother held on to the belief that her son would be returned to her, and in death they will reside side by side at Oakwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his sister, Beverly (Robert) Wagner, of Traverse City; and cousin, Cleoith (Linda) Franks, of Willard, Ohio. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Chris, Eric, Matt, Bill, Sue, Jimmy, Jackie, Edith, Pam, Mike, Michelle, Todd, Tim, Dee and Trenton.
He was preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Wayne (Kay) Otto, James (Patricia) Otto and Regina (Ralph) Gray.
Committal services with full military honors will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m., at Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City. Pastor Rick Rice will officiate. A reception for all who wish to attend will be held at the VFW Hall in Traverse City immediately following his burial.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Shriners or Gold Star Families, c/o Covell Funeral Home, 232 E. State St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
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Published on July 21, 2019
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Janelle Fisher Williams
Jul 23, 2019
May you rest with your Mother, may you see the sweet face of Jesus. Thank you for your service to our country. Shalom !
Cledith and Linda Franks
Jul 23, 2019
To Beverly and her family Cledith and I send our Love to all of you at this time. So glad there is closure to all of the wondering about what and where was Charles. Sure wish we could be there by your side. You know the reason we can't be there.