OBITUARY

Charles Lee Hillegass

April 3, 1939October 1, 2021
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Charles Lee Hillegass (Charlie) of St. Petersburg passed away on October 1, 2021 at the age of 82. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he was predeceased by his loving wife Joan, step-son Carl Reese Eaby IV, parents Delbert and Bertha Hillegass, sister Nellie Mae Hillegass, and brothers Louis, Harry and Clarence Hillegass. He is survived by his step-children Jacqueline (Timothy) Dixon and Jeffrey (Diana) Eaby, grandson Ian Dixon, step-daughter-in-law Cheryl Eaby, sister Helen McMillan, brother Delbert (Muriel) Hillegass, along with sisters-in-law Mary Lou Hillegass and Janet Donnelly. “Uncle Charlie” was blessed with numerous nieces and nephews who fondly remember bowls of ice cream, waterskiing and even hiding in the station wagon to go to the drive-in movie.

Charlie had such pride being the first in his family to graduate high school. After this accomplishment, he went on to have a successful career in printing working the night shift his entire career. Charlie was a fantastic dancer and swept his soon-to-be wife Joan off her feet at a ballroom dancing event in Gulfport, Florida. Charlie and Joan were married in December 1980 in a Hawaiian-themed wedding. They shared 40 wonderful years together enjoying dancing and family trips, especially to Hawaii and the Bahamas. He loved to joke (including many episodes with his missing big toe), listen to music, and watch old movies. He was an avid gardener and recycler. If he was not hitting up yard sales at 6 am, he would take anyone around his wonderful yard to “tour what I found at the flea market”. Charlie loved his Tampa Bay Rays and Bucs with an occasional cheer for old favorites like Washington Football and long-gone Senators when they played in DC. He was a gentle soul and will be greatly missed.

A visitation for Charles will be held Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774. Charles' funeral service will succeed, beginning at 1pm. Charles will then be laid to rest at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL, at 2pm, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Charles' memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.serenityfuneralhomelargo.com for the Hillegass family.

  • FAMILY

  • Predeceased by: his loving wife, Joan
    Parents; Delbert and Bertha Hillegass,
    Sister; Nellie Mae Hillegass
    Brothers; Louis, Harry and Clarence Hillegass


    Survived by:Step-children; Jacqueline (Timothy) Dixon and Jeffrey (Diana) Eaby
    Grandson; Ian Dixon
    Step-daughter-in-law; Cheryl Eaby
    Sister; Helen McMillan
    Brother; Delbert (Muriel) Hillegass
    Sisters-in-law; Mary Lou Hillegass and Janet Donnelly
    Many Nieces and nephews

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Reception

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Cynthia Kluth

October 9, 2021

Love you Uncle Charlie & Aunt Joanie

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Cynthia Kluth

October 9, 2021

💖Visiting Uncle Charlie & Aunt Joanie in year 2019 in FL. Charlie had us laughing so hard that day. Cindy and Matthew Kluth will miss Charlie.
💕Love, Cindy and Matthew Kluth💕

Saundra Cover

October 8, 2021

All of these photos and the video are great, such great memories. I don't recall ever seeing the photo of me, Aunt Joanie and Uncle Charlie, but I think I was around fourteen, it must of been the week mom and dad went on a cruise and I got to spend a special week with them. It was so much fun, they were great, lots of laughs for sure. They truly kept me busy and laughing, Aunt Joanie even had me modeling clothing from her shop, it was great. Such great memories for sure. Uncle Charlie's laugh was contagious and he was quite a wonderful uncle to all. Rip Uncle Charlie, I know you and Aunt Joanie are up in heaven dancing up a storm. I always loved to watch you both dance across the dance floor. 💛

Saundra Cover

October 8, 2021

Since my father and mother are not on the computer that much, I wish to send a message for them. They are so very sad to hear of the passing to dad's youngest brother, Charlie. Dad and mom were so happy that they got to visit with him before he entered into the hospital. They brought Charlie lots of candy and dad chuckled and said, I know he ate it all. It is a very difficult time for them, they will truly miss him and love him so very much. Love you Charlie, your brother Del and Muriel ❤

Saundra Cover

October 8, 2021

Love you Uncle Charlie 💛

Cynthia Kluth

October 8, 2021

Those special moments of Uncle Charlie will always bring a smile.
CHARLIE’S GREAT HUMOR will always be remembered by his family.

Uncle Charlie always had a way to brighten our day with his hobbies he shared with us.
Wow! Charlie’s huge train display he set up was hours of entertainment.

Charlie’s valuable time with his nieces and nephews was water skiing, dancing, drive-in movie theater and so much more…

My Uncle Charlie will have peace & happiness as he reunites with his lovely wife, Joanie.

Love you Charlie,
Cynthia Ann Shaffer Kluth

Saundra Cover

October 8, 2021

Uncle Charlie, you will be so missed by so many. Love you, Saundra, Kevin, Logan and Kevin, Jr.

Donna Hillegass Attick

October 6, 2021

Uncle Charlie you will be missed. You were a fun soul and a cool uncle. We all have wonderful and fun memories of you.

Love, Donna Hillegass Attick

Cynthia Kluth

October 5, 2021

Cindy, Aunt Joanie, Uncle Charlie, and Matthew Kluth

Vicki Neilson

October 5, 2021

There is simply not enough space to share memories of Uncle Charlie. From ballroom dancing, doing the Polka at Blob's Park or going to the Coliseum, he was a popular dance partner. That missing big toe that allowed you to see the TV when watching Twilight Zone or Shock Theatre...or the reel-to-real movies like Frankenstein, Spanky and Our Gang, Fred Astair or Abbott and Costello. The youngest of our uncles, you were the "older brother" to so many of us and we loved you back. Gone too soon, Uncle Charlie and we'll cherish every memory. Hope you're hunting down all the yard sales that Heaven might offer and you've found your precious wife, Joanie. Love you always!

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Charlie and Joan

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Dinner at Berns

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Charlie and Clarence

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Vicki, Charlie and Mary

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Dancing with Vicki

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Delby and Charlie

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Charlie and Joan

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To join Charles' services via livestream please select the following:

1pm Funeral Service - https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/us06web.zoom.us/j/89821722108?pwd=N0dkaHBWQnJOWDBwaXFxOWxzQ0I1QT09__;!!M2D_dUfSiN4E!ZdCuSBAgnXutAtTM8Ej3opQeJBfjN3rFcolvZEaiulzbQ7qdHhABMaVru2KVqjoUKceFHGyK$

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Charles Lee Hillegass (Charlie) of St. Petersburg passed away on October 1, 2021 at the age of 82. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he was predeceased by his loving wife Joan, parents Delbert and Bertha Hillegass, sister Nellie Mae Hillegass, and brothers Louis, Harry and Clarence Hillegass. He is survived by his step-children Jacqueline (Timothy) Dixon and Jeffrey (Diana) Eaby, grandson Ian Dixon, step-daughter-in-law Cheryl Eaby, sister Helen McMillan, brother Delbert (Muriel) Hillegass, along with sisters-in-law Mary Lou Hillegass and Janet Donnelly. “Uncle Charlie” was blessed with numerous nieces and nephews who fondly remember bowls of ice cream, waterskiing and even hiding in the station wagon to go to the drive-in movie.


Charlie had such pride being the first in his family to graduate high school. After this accomplishment, he went on to have a successful career in printing working the night shift his entire career.


Charlie was a fantastic dancer and swept his soon-to-be wife Joan off her feet at a ballroom dancing event in Gulfport, Florida. Charlie and Joan were married in December 1980 in a Hawaiian-themed wedding. They shared 40 wonderful years together enjoying dancing and family trips, especially to Hawaii and the Bahamas.


He loved to joke (including many episodes with his missing big toe), listen to music, and watch old movies. He was an avid gardener and recycler. If he was not hitting up yard sales at 6 am, he would take anyone around his wonderful yard to “tour what I found at the flea market”. Charlie loved his Tampa Bay Rays and Bucs with an occasional cheer for old favorites like Washington Football and long-gone Senators when they played in DC. He was a gentle soul and will be greatly missed.


A visitation for Charles will be held Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774. Charles' funeral service will succeed, beginning at 1pm. Charles will then be laid to rest at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL, at 2pm, with a reception to follow.


In lieu of flowers, contributions in Charles' memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate.