Charles "Charlie" Allen Hartsoe

November 10, 1947August 4, 2018
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Charles (Charlie) Allen Hartsoe, born November 10, 1947 to the late Hubert Lee and Helen Mae Deal Hartsoe, passed away peacefully at his home with the love of family at his bedside Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Charlie loved life and people and his life was filled with love from people. He was an avid golfer a gym enthusiast, affectionately known as the “Mayor of the Perfect Workout Gym”. Charlie lived each day with “all about attitude” as the main focus. He had a contagious and positive outlook on life and prided himself as being the most optimistic man in the world, and he was. Charlie possessed a smile that would light up a room, and gave hugs that cured any ill. Charlie loved his dog Daisy and enjoyed the walks they would take down the driveway and the happiness it brought to him as she ran through the fields and into the woods. He is so loved and will be missed by so many…he already is.

Charlie was a Vietnam Veteran serving as an Army Ranger in 1968-1969 where he received three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for his courageous commitment.

Charlie retired after selling his business, “Charlie’s Gym in Newton”. He enjoyed working out three days a week with his Uncle Ken Hartsoe, his source of inspiration. He played with a golf group at Rock Barn on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The comradery between men and friends he cherished deeply.

Carrying on his memory and optimism is his wife of 22 years, Wendi Hill Hartsoe.

Also left to cherish his memories are sons, Charles (Wendy) Hartsoe Jr., Eric (Phyllis) Speagle, Scott (Sharon) Hartsoe and Kelly (Erin) Hartsoe; daughters, Amber (Jason) Minton, Jamie (Jessie) Smark and Emily Kay Beebe; brothers, Carroll (Candy )Hartsoe and Donald Hartsoe. Additional survivors include grandchildren, Jordan, Brooke, Jerod, Gage, Shelby, Cole, Zoe, Davie, Tyler, Emma and Haileigh; and special Uncle Kenneth Hartsoe.

A service of love and remembrance of his life will be held on Tuesday, August 7 at 2:00 PM in Drum Funeral Home Chapel, 509 First Avenue, Conover with the Rev. Byron Repass officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. at Drum Funeral Home in Conover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.V., 4113 Hickory Nut Ridge Rd, Hudson, NC 28638

Online condolences may be shared at who has been entrusted with Charlie's service arrangements.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Charles "Charlie" Allen Hartsoe

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Mary Anne Shoener

August 7, 2018

To all in Charlie's family,
I first met Charlie at the gym, The Perfect Workout, a few years ago. Charlie always showed such kindness and welcomed new members with smiles, hugs and lots of encouragement. He was the ultimate goodwill ambassador and always displayed such enthusiasm for life. If you came into the gym not in the best mood, well if you saw Charlie that day, you left the gym in the best mood. I loved talking to him about his life experiences, trips he had been on, and what was going on at the time in each of our lives. We talked about living and talked about dying, and how we looked forward to being in Heaven. Hearing about all what Charlie went through with the medical issues and procedures, we all thought of him as the Bionic Man...if anybody could make it through it, Charlie would. We all would have wanted him to make it through this last obstacle he faced but God had other plans. I would like to let the family know that Charlie made a difference in so many lives in a positive way, and he definitely showed us how to live each day to the fullest and to love each other as if it may be our last day on this Earth. We will all miss Charlie so much! May we all continue to show Charlie's love of people and zest for life to all we meet each day. Thank you Charlie!
Love and prayers,
Mary Anne Shoener

Bob & DeeDee Ashburn

August 6, 2018

Charlie was a wonderful guy and DeeDee and I enjoyed being with Wendi and Charlie very much. We had wonderful trips and golf outings with friends and customers. With Charlie and Wendi, the fun and times together were very special. Thank you for serving our country, your family, and friends! God Bless Wendi and All the family.

Bob & DeeDee Ashburn

Zoe Beebe

August 6, 2018

One of my biggest heros

Pamela Hopkins Carey

August 6, 2018

I’ve known since I was 15 years old and Charlie’s is greatest person in the world! Always a smile and a kind word for everyone! I’ll miss you but you left wonderful memories Charlie .. I’ll nevet forget you!

Joseph Hartsoe

August 6, 2018

Barry Browning

August 6, 2018

Profoundest condolences, to Wendy and family. And never has it been so hard to read the morning paper.

Charlie set the example & showed me how to train & Lift. As he set the example for so many of us.
And it changed my life.

And he had been through so much. So very much. But he never talked about it.
He just "walked the Charlie walk". Like you could depend on him. Which you always could.
He was the older brother I never had.
And every day I lift & train, I will remember him. Until I see him again.

Barry Browning for himself, & for all of Charlie's gym & Spa friends.

Bea Woody

August 5, 2018

Remembering the best neighbor, friend and wonderful man. We will miss him. May God bless and comfort the family.