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Charles J. Dysart

February 16, 1930December 25, 2020
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Charles J. Dysart, 90, passed away at home on Christmas, December 25, 2020. Charles’s loving family was by his side at the time of passing.

Charles was born February 16, 1930 in Columbia, Missouri to Maurice and Catherine Dysart. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1948 then enlisted in the Navy. Upon completion of his service to our country, Charles enrolled at the University of Missouri and graduated in 1957 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Charles married Mary R Harpster in 1955, she preceded him in death.

Charles is survived by his three daughters, Ann Blake (Rhine), Kathy, and Pat, as well as four grandsons and two great grandsons, and one sister. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Charles joined MFA Insurance (now Shelter Insurance) in 1956 as a part time employee in the Auto Division. He then became a full time underwriter in the Fire Division and advanced to the role of assistant manager and manager of that division. He then served as manager of Auto Division before becoming Vice President of Underwriting, then retired in February 1995 as Senior Vice President of Underwriting.

His legacy at Shelter was that he was an effective manager, and a great leader of people who had the respect of fellow employees. He had that exceptional human quality that one needs in business to instill in other employees the same care for the job that he had. He was described by many as a gentleman who knew everyone’s name, spoke to all, never too busy to listen, and was always fair.

Charles loved his family, traveling, bowling, playing golf, and was a huge fan of Missouri football, basketball, and women’s softball. He was a member of University of Missouri-Columbia Friends of Music, the Tiger Scholarship Fund, and the University of Missouri Alumni Association. He was a long time member and deacon of the First Christian Church in Columbia.

A visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 on Friday, January 15th starting at 1pm. The memorial service will follow at 2pm along with burial of the urn at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Coyote Hills Children’s Home or to the donor’s charity of choice.

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Scott Dougp

January 15, 2021

Charlie and I were buddies in High School. Even at this age I remember the good times, like the Friday nights, the taking turns on who’s family car would we would be in. The baseball games, Charlie was our left fielder. We went different ways after High School and reconnected later. Mizzou football games, golf in Columbia and St. Louis telephone calls. Yes, good conversations between two old friends things I will miss. Charlie was always our group rock. Never out of control. Yes, there are stories that will remain untold but be assured they are alive in the many people Charlie touched.Just as his family will cherish his memory.

Dennis Fick

January 11, 2021

Charles was my supervisor when I started with MFA in February 1971. He was fair, stern and always willing to listen. Next to Jim McTurnan, he was the most influential underwriting person that MFA employed. I think of him often. Thank you

Dr. Paul and Karen Dale

January 9, 2021

We lived next to "Mr. Charles" for 10 years until moving back to Georgia in 2014. He was a wonderful and caring next door neighbor, and always would ask what was going on with our two kids, Heather and Nicholas. He would stop and chat when he was out on his walks in the neighborhood and always loved petting our 4 dogs when they were out. He had a friendly smile on his face and a gentle demeanor. One day I saw him backing his 1968 green convertible Mustang out of his garage to clean it. I inquired about it to him since both my husband and son loved classic cars. He mentioned he rarely drove it anymore and would probably be selling it soon. Our son was about to turn 16 in January of 2010 and after further talks he ended up selling us that beautiful car. We even had him be the one to drive it from his garage next door to our front yard driveway with a red bow on it. I don't know who was more excited, Charles or Nicholas as they both looked over the car and I think Charles was so pleased to have sold it to someone who loved it as much as he and he knew would take care of it. That car took him through high school, college in Jacksonville, FL and back to Georgia after he graduated. He still has the car to this day and occasionally takes it to local Mustang shows. I think Charles is smiling down knowing he still has the car and it is a cherished vehicle to this day, eleven years later. We will miss his easy going smile, his chuckle and will always have wonderful memories of our talks standing on the sidewalk of Vista View Terrace about the car, animals, cross country, University of Missouri sports, and health care not to mention what was going on in the world. Until we meet again, Charles. Say hello to Mary for us and rest in peace......

Dianne Priest

January 8, 2021

Mr. Dysart was one of the finest men I ever worked for and with. He was kind, a mentor, and was an upstanding man. I learned a great deal from him. I had the honor to work with his daughter Kathy and know he instilled the same qualities in Kathy, the other girls, and his grand children. May he rest in peace and may the girls have many wonderful memories. Dianne Priest

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