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Charles Denver Bratcher Obituary

Tribune - January 13, 2010
1927 - 2010

Veteran Charles Denver "Charlie" Bratcher went home to be with our Lord at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at Lutheran Community Home, Seymour, following a short illness.

In the days before his death, he was surrounded by his family and friends as well as receiving many prayers. He enjoyed life to the fullest and had a passion for music. He enjoyed the outdoors, making many trips to Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, taking pictures, or just enjoying nature at its best. He was a wonderful father of seven. He loved his children and was proud of each and every one of them. You can look into the eyes of his children and see the love they had for their father. "Charlie" was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, as an aircraft mechanic, and was very proud of his country. He was a member of American Legion Post 89, Fraternal Order of Eagles, K of C and Fraternal Order of Police. He was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He worked for Cummins Engine Co. for 37 years as a machine mechanic, retiring in 1985 to care for his beloved wife, Elizabeth. He lived most of his life in Jackson County.

Born July 2, 1927, in Rockport, Ky., he was the son of Denver and Nova Williams Bratcher, both of whom preceded him in death. On October 29, 1949, in Scottsburg, he married Elizabeth Ann Bogard, who went to be with our Lord on October 24, 1990.

Survivors include his seven children, three daughters, Rita (John) Engleking, Cheryl Ann (Greg) Hanner and Luwanna Jo Hallett; daughter-in-law, Barbara Bratcher; four sons, Charles Roger Bratcher, Raymond Dale (Dian) Bratcher, Davey Lee Bratcher and Daniel Chris (Teresa) Bratcher; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Leora Summa, Gaye (Doug) McDole and Jodi Burley (Howard) Fay; two brothers, Ray (Jenny) Bratcher and Tom (Fran) Bratcher; a brother-in-law, Landon (Sally) Bogard; and a very special friend, Phyllis Hignite.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Bratcher; sister-in-law, Fannie Bratcher; a grandson; and a granddaughter.

The Rev. Aaron M. Rosenau will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Voss Chapel, Seymour. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, with full military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 12:30 p.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.