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Charles W. Brodersen

Charles Wray Brodersen, 84, of Otterville, MO, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center.

Born January 23, 1936, in Florence, MO, he was one of nine children of Ben and Pearl (Steele) Brodersen.

Charles was a 1953 graduate of Otterville School.

On December 22, 1957, he was united in marriage to Meleta Homan. This union of 62 years was blessed with one son, Donald Wray.

Charles served in the United States Army Reserves from 1956 to 1957. He was a substitute mail carrier for Otterville and rural areas for a time, but was primarily a farmer. He, his wife, and son owned and operated the family farm together. He worked hard all of his life and was dedicated to his family. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Charles was a member of First Baptist Church of Otterville.

Surviving are his wife, Meleta, of the home; a son, Donald Brodersen and his wife, Chaundra, of Otterville; three grandchildren, Kholton Wray, Logan and Travis; one brother, John Brodersen and his wife, Sandy, of Florence; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding in him death are his parents; sisters, Velma Bishop, Marianna Paxton, Dorothy Ward and Viola Phillips; and three brothers, Roy Brodersen, Leo Brodersen and Elmer Brodersen.

A private graveside service and burial will be held at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Otterville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of Heckart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 434, Sedalia, MO 65302.

Friends may pay their respects and sign the guest book between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at Heckart Funeral Home.

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