Charles passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at the age of 75. Beloved husband for 50 years of Gloria Etling (nee DiMartino); loving father of Jennifer (Tom) Etling Gann; cherished grandfather of Molly Gann; dearest brother of Kristine Etling; dear brother-in-law of Greg DiMartino. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Elva (nee Buchanan) Etling.
Charles was a devoted and kind son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, “Pop-Pop,” cousin, neighbor, and friend. He was a veteran of the US Army and a dedicated mechanical engineer who enjoyed his work scheduling projects for various companies in the St. Louis area throughout his career. During retirement, he did volunteer tutoring in math for adults and in reading for children.
He loved playing golf, drinking espresso, and reading the comics. He loved traveling, particularly to Italy and the California coast. He loved popcorn, brownies, and cherry pie, anytime. He loved dogs, and they loved him.
His warmth, patience, humor, and ability to be a calm in every storm endeared him to all who really knew him. He will be so very missed.
SERVICES: Visitation will be held at Kutis Affton Chapel (10151 Gravois) on Tuesday, November 29, from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. An additional visitation hour will begin at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, November 30, followed by a service at 11:30 AM. Interment will occur at a future date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Memorials to the Siteman Cancer Center (https://siteman.wustl.edu/tribute) or the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church (2618 S. Brentwood Blvd., 63144) are appreciated.