Date of Death: April 29, 2023

Service Details

In accordance with family wishes, cremation will be conducted; no services are planned.

Obituary Notice

Charles Jay Menz, 83, of Three Rivers, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2023 at StoryPoint in Portage.

He was born January 9, 1940 in Woodward, Iowa, the son of Warrington Wellington and Helen Louise (Cooper) Menz, and graduated from Woodward High School with the Class of 1958.

Charlie worked with The Bank of Kirksville in Kirksville, Mo. for 30+ years with several of those years as VP of Operations. He served on the bank’s Board of Trustees after his retirement.

A sports enthusiast, he had a lifelong interest in hunting and fishing, and coached little league baseball for his sons. He also enjoyed playing cards with family, and loved nature and the outdoors. He preferred staying home and puttering around in his yard – getting hours of planting/gardening/yard maintenance under his belt.

Charlie was an incredibly loving family man, very dedicated to his wife Janet. He was incredibly amiable and loved to joke around/tease everyone – very “salt of the earth.” He lost his parents at a very young age and had no biological siblings, so family meant a lot to him. He was raised by his Grandma Gertie Cooper and by Betty and Don Jessen. Very hard-working and reliable, he was highly respected in the community he worked and resided in.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Janet (Peoples) Menz; three sons, Jeff (Pat) Menz, Doug (Sarah) Menz, and Chris (Shannon) Menz; grandchildren, Tyler (April), Nick (Jasmine), Hannah (Grant), Dustan (Ashley), Jordan (Summer), Aaron, Tanner, Griffin, Lindsey (Patrick), Kristen, Austin (Allison), Joel (Alyssa), Jace, and Rylee; great-grandchildren, Amelia, Sydney, Hudson, Thomas, Sebastian, Teddy, Timmy, Claire, Molly, Ella, and Oakley; and cousins he was raised with, Drue (Don) Cavanaugh and John (Martha) Jessen.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Menz, and cousin, John Jessen.

Additional Information

Donations in Charlie’s memory may be directed to KBSA (Kirksville Baseball Softball Association). Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home.

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  1. I just heard of Chuck’s passing. I worked with him at the Bank of Kirksville. What a genuinely wonderful man that I truly enjoyed working with. In confidence, he asked if I would write his resignation letter. I hated that he retired but knew he deserved it. He reminded me of my dad who ironically died two years to the day that Chuck fell asleep in death. I will forever remember Chuck with fond memories. Please know Janet, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Karla James

  2. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Chris and Shannon, I would imagine that you and your beautiful family, gave him many hours of joy. Sending prayers to all of you.

    • Thank you Lisa & Harry,

      We miss them terribly but know they are together, and now with a son that they missed terribly. There is not a day that goes by that we do not think of them, and they keep sending us signs so we know they are with us in spirit.

  3. We are truly saddened by the loss of our dear former-Kirksville friend. We have so many-fond memories of fun times spent with Chuck and Janet. He will be deeply missed.💙💙💙💙

  4. My deepest sympathy to Janet and the rest of the Menz family.
    I work at one of the locations that Charlie lived. Few days after moving in he was with another coworker and as he walked by me, he pocked me in the ribs. As I turned to see who it was, he continued to walk with my coworker snickering.
    Saying Charlie was a jokester is very true. He always had a smile on his face which showed he loved life, his wife and family.
    Keep his memories warm in your heart.
    Arlene Parsons
    Bowman Place

    • Charlie was a very kind man who became our close friend once he moved to Three Rivers. He adored his boys, their wives, and children. I hurt for the family, but especially for my son-in-law, Chris, my daughter Shannon, as well as Joel, Jace (who Charlie claimed stole all his money playing cards) and Rylee (who provided personal care to Charlie when he wouldn’t allow anyone else). He and Mike went to breakfast every Friday morning, and Mike still misses that connection they had. We will continue to keep all of the family close to our hearts. Charlie…we will miss you!

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