SPC Charles P. McClure, son of Karrie Gladden Sandfort and Andy McClure, was born January 8, 1992 in Neosho, Missouri. He passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013, while serving in Kuwait, having attained the age of 21 years, 3 months and 24 days.
As a young boy, Charles grew up in the Plato, Missouri, area and also the Cabool, Missouri, area. He graduated from Stratford High School in Stratford, Oklahoma.
Shortly after graduation, Charles enlisted in the United States Army. He did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, before being stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He loved being a soldier and was proud of the fact that he was getting to serve his country in Kuwait while fighting for our freedom. He had attained the rank of specialist.
In his spare time, Charles enjoyed reading and playing video games. He especially loved eating pizza and had it every chance he could. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family and treasured every moment he could with them. He will be sadly missed by all those that knew and loved him.
Charles leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Karrie Gladden Sandfort of Columbia, Missouri; his father, Andy McClure of Cabool; four siblings, Kayce McClure of New Bloomfield, Missouri, Kayla McClure of Little Rock, Arkansas, Alton McClure of Columbia, and Karissa Sandfort of Columbia; maternal grandparents Garry and Karen Williams of Plato; maternal grandfather Jerry D. Gladden of New Bloomfield; paternal grandparents Jim and Doris McClure of Lynchburg, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert with Chaplain (CPT) John Jacobsen officiating. The songs “Go Rest High on that Mountain,” “Amazing Grace,” “Suppertime” and “Some Gave All” were played. Several family members recalled their wonderful memories of Charles. Serving as escorts were the United States Army.
Burial with military honors followed in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Fort Leonard Wood. Military honors were provided by the United States Army of Fort Leonard Wood, and Major General Paul J. LaCamera, commanding general of Fort Carson, Colorado, presented the flags to Charles’ sister, mother and father. Services were under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert.