Charles Robert Vause
December 25, 1928 – August 6, 2018
Charles (Chuck) Vause, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday August 6, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 25, 1928 in Fort Myers, FL. He was greeted at the gates of heaven by his parents Cader Vause and Esther Pigott Baker, Brother Lamar Vause, Sister-in-law Donna (Midge) Vause, and Grandson Shawn McConnell. He leaves to cherish in his memory his loving spouse of 63 years Ruby Vause; Brother Chester Vause; Son Glenn Vause, Daughters Debbie Burks (Roger), Carmen Allen (Carl), Brenda DeArmond (Paul); Grandchildren Amanda Clemons (Daniel), Andrea Lenhardt (Jason), Paul DeArmond (Melissa), Lucas DeArmond, Corey Allen, Nathan McConnell and Blake Crowe and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday August 13th from 5-7 at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park 12777 S.R. 82 Fort Myers, FL 33913. Funeral Services will be Tuesday August 14th at 11.
He was a true native born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. He graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1948. From a young age the value of hard work and a job well done was evident in his personality. As a young boy he mowed lawns and delivered newspapers by bicycle. He had many occupations in his life. He was a Pepsi Cola delivery man (including deliveries to Sanibel/Captiva by ferry boat) and also sold life insurance for National Standard Life Insurance Company. During the years he was involved with flower farming and cattle raising. Later in life he once again managed a paper route in Lehigh Acres. When most people would have retired he began two of the jobs he would enjoy the most which were his handyman and tractor services. These jobs he continued to do for many years until his body would no longer allow it.
He was a long time member of Morning Star Baptist Church (formerly Russell Park Baptist). He held many positions there including Sunday School teacher, Sunday School bus driver, Music Minister, Treasurer, Deacon, Grounds Maintenance and was instrumental in the construction of the main sanctuary and fellowship hall. Through the years he was involved with many other ministries of the church including mission trips to other countries and states. Most recently he enjoyed helping out with the church food pantry. The ministry closest to his heart was music. He dearly loved to play the guitar and sang with many different gospel groups throughout his life.
Along with gospel he also had a passion for bluegrass music. He liked nothing better than loading up the motorhome with his Sweetie (Ruby) and traveling to bluegrass festivals. It was rare for him to miss a one, even if it meant foregoing Thanksgiving Dinners with the family. He would always take his guitar along on these trips and would partake in the jam sessions between concerts. Trips in the motorhome were not only for bluegrass festivals though. Many other trips were taken over the years and he managed to visit all of these United States except Hawaii. He traveled to Alaska three times on fishing excursions. Of all his hobbies fishing was his favorite and his love for fishing was passed on to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. According to his family some of their best memories with him were out in his boat on Lake Okeechobee and fishing for mullet near Caya Costa. For many years he also had several goldfish ponds at their home in Buckingham. Simply to raise them and enjoy their beauty.
One of his legacies of love have been all the things he has built by hand through the years. When he married Ruby in February of 1955, he built from the ground up, the house they have lived in to this day. It has been said “Where most people use one nail, Chuck uses three nails”. His quality of work is evident in their house which has withstood every storm and hurricane since it was built. He was instrumental in the building of his daughter Brenda’s house and the addition of his daughter Carmen’s house. He enjoyed refurbishing old furniture and his craftsmanship can be seen in his church and also in the houses of his children and grandchildren. He passed this love of woodworking on to his grandson Paul and his great grandson Chad.
It is hard to put into a few words the life of such a good and humble christian man. It was definitely a life well lived and very evident in the legacy passed on to his loving family. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
- Visitation Monday, August 13, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, August 14, 2018
- Graveside Tuesday, August 14, 2018
- Luncheon Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Charles Robert Vause
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August 14, 2018
Just some memories of Granddaddy. One of my favorites was going to Pizza Hut with him on Sunday nights after church. It was usually just the two of us. The first time, I thought wow this is special, I didn’t even know he liked pizza.
I loved hearing Granddaddy sing and play his guitar in church. You could tell he played from his heart. Towards the end of his life I would go sit with him on Saturday nights. This was gospel night on the TV and we would listen for hours. Every Saturday night I still think “Its gospel music night”.
When I was a stay at home mom I would visit Granny and Granddaddy often. If I stayed past five Granddaddy would ask if I had Daniel’s supper ready. I would shrug it off and say he won’t be home for a while or I’ll figure something out. This was not good enough for Granddaddy, he would be rushing me out the door and scolding me to be a better wife.
Granddaddy always loved my boys. He would take for rides on the lawn mower and tractor. He showed Chad how to build things with wood. One of his last projects was building a chicken coop for Chad. When it came time to expand that coop, he advised Chad on how to do it and what materials were best to use.
August 13, 2018
We came to Ft. Myers to Russell Park Baptist Church in 1973 when I married Herman Bays. Our two daughters at that time were Kim and Karen.
I immediately met the Chuck Vause family and fell in love with them. From the very beginning they felt like our family.
Karmela came along in 1974. When Karmela was a toddler, Church asked me one Sunday morning if I would be interested in singing sometime with him and I said I would,
We practiced a song that morning called "Something Worth Living For" and sang it later and Carmen played the piano for us.
Later I started singing regularly with Church, and Dave joined us.
I sang with Church for 20 years at Russell Park . One of our pastors Rev. Steve Barnett played music with us and we were the Russell Park Gospel Group.
Chuck's family continued to be our dear friends and always will be.
One time we we discussing our family and I told Chuck he could another brother since I already had 7 brothers! He also told me that he had never had a sister, but if he had one he would like her to be like me.
We sang most Sunday evenings and prayed that our music would minister to others and people would be saved through the words in the songs.
I know that Chuck is certainly up in heaven and still blessing other.
We will always love Chuck and his family and we will never forget him.
August 13, 2018
So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. We have fond memories of him playing and singing in church. I just know he and Wayne are already enjoying singing together again! Prayers for Ruby and all of the family.
Barry and Joy Beeler
August 11, 2018
His favorite cake was coconut.
Favorite drink was sweet iced tea.
He loved ice cream.
Called me the Baby, to the very end.
Always saved me a piece of fried fish with no bones.
Taught me how to mow grass.
Painted my first two cars.
Would come to my rescue if I was broke down or anything needed fixing around my house.
Built my house.
He did not smoke.
He did not drink.
He shaved with noxzema face cream. That smell will remind me of him forever.
He delivered a newspaper to me and Carmen every day he had a paper route.
On Sunday he would tell me I looked pretty.
He always said I was a good chauffeur, the best! I said I won't tell Carmen you said that 🙂.
He always wanted mom to sit up front with me so "us girls could talk".
When we got home he always said "thanks for the buggy ride".
You are welcome, my sweet Daddy. I wish I could be your chauffeur just one more time❤️.
August 10, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. Chuck will truly be missed. He is definitely one of the good ones!
We will be praying for your entire family.
Found a photo of Chuck with my dad, my grandfather & my brother after a fun day of fishing. There are more, but I'll have to do more searching...
Jeanne and John Henshaw
August 10, 2018
We remember the day we visited you at your home. How very peaceful it was under the trees and John and I commenting on how wonderful you both were. Chuck was truly an inspiration to us as a beautiful Christian man. His calm gentle spirit and his music talent were a blessing to all who knew him. He will be missed at Morningstar Church and always remembered with love..