DWYER, Charles Elihu June 26, 1923 May 3, 2013 Charles Elihu Dwyer was born June 26, 1923 in Kansas City, Kansas and passed away on May 3, 2013 at the age of 89. He was the youngest of eight children. Charles served in the U.S. Navy and after more than 26 years, retired honorably. He then began a second career at Father Flanagan’s Boys Town as an administrator at the Career Center. Charles originally joined the U.S. Coast Guard at age 16 to help his family during the Great Depression, but was released when it was discovered he was under age. At 17, he joined the Navy with his parent’s permission, serving during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, retiring as a Chief Quartermaster in Omaha. During the beginning of WWII he was on convoy duty from England to Russia on the Murmansk Run, he was part of the infamous, ill-fated, Arctic PQ17, over 50 percent of those ships were lost. After the Iron Curtain fell, he received a commendation from the Soviet Union. While part of the occupation forces in Japan, serving in the office of Naval Intelligence as Naval Investigator, he met and married Anita Marie McCabe. Together they raised four children: Paul, Edna, Mary and Mark. While serving in Hawaii, he was part of the team tracking the first manned space flights. At Boys Town, he enjoyed mentoring the young men, encouraging and challenging them to do their best and take the opportunity to improve their lives. He enjoyed fishing, baseball and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. he passed peacefully in his sleep with his youngest son, Mark, by his side. Preceded in death by wife, Anita Marie (McCabe) Dwyer. Survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Mark Francis Dwyer, Paul Anthony and Jan Dwyer; daughters and son-in-law, Mary Loretta Dwyer, Edna Lee and Don Kutschkau; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Barnes. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 15th from 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES Thursday, May 16th, 9:30am West Center Chapel to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church for MASS at 10am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military rites by Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334. Memorials are suggested to Pathways to Compassion Hospice or The Navy Memorial.
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