Charles Thomison

Charles Robert Thomison

Sunday, October 18th, 1936 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Charles Thomison passed away on August 2, 2020 at Cox Hospital. He was born on October 18, 1936 in Wichita, Kansas. Charley is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara. He is also survived by his three children; Laura Patrick, Doug (Rose) Thomison, Cindy (Nick) Schmiedeler, his grandchildren; Jeanette (Bobor) Jones, Will Patrick, Cooper and Goldie Schmiedeler, Gabriel and Leah Thomison, his sisters, Lenora Dean Raymond and Cecile Cox Shoemaker. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Edward and Nora Thomison, brother Lee Edward Thomison and sister Elda Matous.

His early years were spent in Wichita. The family moved to New Mexico. After graduating from Truth or Consequences High, Charley served in the U.S. Navy. Following service, he went to Kansas State College of Pittsburg where he was active in the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and later served on PSU Alumni Organizations.

Upon earning his B.S. in Business, he entered the insurance industry. This career took him to Omaha, Portland, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. In 1976 he started Thomison Insurors in Springfield. He retired in 2005.

Charley was active at Wesley United Methodist Church from 1977 until joining the Downtown UMC in 2015. His interests included travel, his houseboat, gardening, K.C. Chiefs and Lady Bears, and following the news.

Pastor Lori Lampert will conduct a private family service at the Downtown Church under the direction of Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home. Private burial with military honors will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Downtown Church in lieu of flowers or by doing a good deed for someone in need. For online condolences or for viewing the service go to The video recording of the service will be available on Saturday August 8, 2020.

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Connie Chaple

Posted at 03:44pm
Charlie was a wonderful brother. He was the youngest of us kids. I remember us putting him in our wagon and pulling him to riverside park., where we always had a lot of fun. He always interacted with my family and my children and they enjoyed being with him. When Paul and I visited we got to go on his houseboat and we really enjoyed our time with them. He will be greatly missed by all of my family. Much love , your sister Cecil.

Kenneth Matous

Posted at 02:11pm
Sorry for your loss... by far my favorite Uncle! He gave my first sip of beer at a family reunion in Park City scolded him and Charlie chuckled! He met us in Estes Park in the 60’s and we went to Tony’s Pizza.. when the order was ready they called his name.. of course he had a great story of how the guy knew him from way back. Dropping Doug & I off at the Twins game in Bloomington to sit in box seats! Chiefs / Bronco game.., Dante.. Dante.. he said as Dante Hall ran a punt back for 6! So many ado laughs & smiles! Miss you Charlie!

Juliana Hudson

Posted at 10:32am
I too am a proud Pitt State alum. I first met Charley when I was a freshman at Pitt State in the spring of 2001. I was part of the delegation sent from the college to the Springfield Area Alumni gathering. Charley and Barbara graciously hosted this event at their home and invited my mom and dad so that I could see them while I was in town. I had the chance to be around him at several more alumni events over the years. It is always fun to meet other Gorilla alumni and share the love of our college. My condolences to Barbara and their family. Charley truly embodied Once A Gorilla, Always A Gorilla.
Juliana Cologna-Hudson
Pitt State '04

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