Class of 1933

Charles Leonard Monroe Jr.

July 15, 1915 – March 11, 2003

Charles L. Monroe, Jr., passed away on March 11, 2003. He was born July 15, 1915 in Perry, Oklahoma to Charles L. Monroe and Icie Stone Monroe. His family was one of the founders of the town of Perry.

Charles graduated from Perry High School and went to college at Oklahoma A&M and remained a loyal ‘Aggie’ all of his life. Charles served in the Air Corps in WW II and was Hump pilot who survived many missions through the Himalayas. Charles was an avid golfer until his health forced his retirement from the sport. He was a long time member of Rotary International and was proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a lifelong Methodist and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He was devoted to the Lord and was always working in His service. Charles will always be remembered as a man who loved his family and was devoted to their care and well being. He was a friend to all who met him and a man of integrity in every phase of his life.

For many years Charles ran the family business in Perry. He later moved to Oklahoma City to accept the position of Director of State Lodges. He later began a third career in the restaurant business in New Mexico. During the years he lived in New Mexico he learned to love the beauty and the peacefulness of the mountains.

He is survived by Trudy, his loving wife of 64 years, and by his son Charles Monroe III of Albuquerque and Cathy Monroe Peck of Oklahoma City. He is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two nieces, and one nephew.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice. A private memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. Vondel L. Smith & Son Mortuary 13125 N. MacArthur.