Cletis passed away

Posted By: joker

Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 04:48 PM

a good member and friend, RIP my friend

gone home
charley and Tony were the first members that I met
Posted By: LAROKE

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 04:59 PM

Been remembering Charlie all day since I read the news this morning.

Godspeed, Charlie.
Posted By: Tiny

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 05:06 PM

A real surprise. I have no words.
Posted By: jorb

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 05:34 PM

Wow, I did not know him but had a few conversations on this Stovebolt forum with him.
Nothing but pleasurable talk.

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May God Rest your soul cletis
Posted By: Justhorsenround

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 05:43 PM

Charlie (Cletis) had been battling throat cancer for quite some time. It had been in remission for a couple of years but returned around Thanksgiving last year. Charlie chose not to do anymore Chemo. He was given 6 months. Always the fighter he proved the Drs wrong by a couple of months. Charlie did not want his situation to take away from the exchange of information on so he asked the few that knew to keep it confidential. Charlie was a wealth of information about our favorite trucks and shared willingly. Charlie was charged with moderating the General Truck Forum and did so with gusto. He diligently tried to make us all comply with the sites rules.
Please take time to say a prayer for his wife and best friend June.
RIP Cletis 🙏🏻

For those wishing to leave a message for the family follow KCMongos link in the Greasy Spoon or the first link posted by joker above.
Posted By: tclederman

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 06:26 PM

Charlie/Cletis was a good man and will be remembered fondly by those who had the luck/pleasure to meet him.

RIP, Charlie
Posted By: 2-Ton

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 06:31 PM

Darn, Charlie and June are great people.
Sure hate to hear this

RIP my friend.

Don & Vicki King
Posted By: joker

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 07:07 PM

Charley never spoke of it but he was also awarded a purple heart from actions in Nam,
messed up his hearing from incoming.. he also made it thru a kidney transplant
some yrs ago, put a good fight with Cancer, that is a very hard fight to win..

Posted By: 46Sparky

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 07:19 PM

Had the pleasure of meeting Cletis and June a couple years in El Reno. We spent part of the time watching some races together. He was a really good guy and offered many helpful suggestions on working on my projects. He will be missed.
Thoughts and prayers his way and to June and family too.
Posted By: 1953 panel

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 18 2017 07:34 PM

Very sad. I met him 3 or 4 times in Kansas City. Great guy, he will be missed.
Posted By: DennisM

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 12:17 AM

I never met Cletis, just know him from this site. A nice guy for sure. RIP Cletis.

Posted By: Greg_H

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 01:52 AM

He was one of those people that when you met him, he would never be forgotten. Truly a rare and special person.
Posted By: bowtietim

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 02:41 AM

Glad i got to meet him here in kansas city .
Rest in peace Charlie !!

Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 02:53 AM

Thanks for the memories to Cletis and June. Met them many times and had many chats. Yes, he told me about his battle and how he was waiting to die. He faced it like a true fighter. Cletis, your legacy lives on brother.
Posted By: Harold46

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 02:58 AM

To the family of Cletis:

After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved
ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us.
My condolences.
We will miss Cletis on the forum.
Posted By: 46Sparky

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 03:52 AM

If I may...I'd like to add a story about Cletis, AKA Charlie. As posted earlier, he and our better halves spent some time watching some races at El Reno, part of the SmallTown Weekend Annual Event. There was a lull in the action, so we got to "a bs'n" about the early years. I asked him how come he choose the Stovebolt handle of "Cletis"?. He said words along the lines that in Nam he and his buddies decided it was best to not use their real names in radio transmissions. He got a long off look, I'd seen many times before from my Dad. He didn't elaborate and I didn't ask, as it seemed best not to. (Charlie...the word, back in Nam had a different use, so my guess is the name change for then might have been related?)
RIP Charlie!
Posted By: klhansen

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 04:08 AM

Sorry to hear about him. frown

I bought a service manual from him just a while ago, and he was willing to take a personal check for it. A good guy for sure.

RIP Charlie
Posted By: DADS50

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 04:54 PM

R.I.P Cletis

Thank you for your service to our nation
Posted By: John Milliman

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 05:42 PM

Just a suggestion ... as Charlie's family is not likely to read your condolence messages here, you might want to post them

here, instead. He leaves a big family here -- let's turn out for him.

Posted By: Tom R

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 08:53 PM

I knew Charlie from here and another site. I've never "met" another person I can speak so highly of. You'll be missed, Charlie.
Posted By: Justhorsenround

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 19 2017 09:26 PM

I second John's suggestion. Click on the link provided by Joker, KCMongo or John. It will take you to Thompson's Funeral Home where you can leave a condolence message for the family to read. It only takes a couple of minutes and I'm sure it will be cherished by Charlie's family.
Posted By: Rusty Rod

Re: Cletis passed away - Thu Jul 20 2017 09:54 PM

RIP Cletis.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo

Re: Cletis passed away - Sat Jul 22 2017 12:44 PM

I'm really sorry to hear about Charlie's passing. First time I ever met him was at the Pate swap meet. I introduced myself as the guy on named "Spotbiltxo" and he chuckled and said it was good to finally put a face with the name. I believe it was the very next year that I saw him there again and he was using a device he held at his voice box to be able to be heard when he spoke. I knew immediately that he had throat cancer but never said anything to him about it. The last time I ever saw Charlie was at the 2016 Decatur swap meet. I had been looking for a three speed tranny to replace mine with, and he had one that he brought for me.

He gave me a lot of advice and answered a lot of questions about my old truck, and I will always be grateful. He gave lots and lots of his spare time to monitor forums on and I will always appreciate that about him. We will miss him here!
Posted By: mcannon

Re: Cletis passed away - Sat Jul 22 2017 09:21 PM

He was the first one I think I ever talked to on Stovebolts and he started helping me in the right direction with my Dads old 51 GMC , He was full of knowledge that we will miss,See ya up Younder one day, and my prayers are out to the family and friends. MIKE
Posted By: koolkar

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 25 2017 09:26 AM

long time friend. one in a million. just sad.
Posted By: Woogeroo

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 25 2017 04:10 PM

RIP Cletis... thanks for all of your help over the years and for keeping the grumpys in line within General Truck.

Posted By: crenwelge

Re: Cletis passed away - Tue Jul 25 2017 11:46 PM

When you read Charlie's obituary, make sure you watch the video. It tells a lot about Charlie's life. Also, back in March when Charlie made the decision not to take any more treatments, he offered me a lot of parts that he bought from a closed GMC dealership a few years ago. I told him that I am 73 years old and really have a lot more parts than I will ever use. If anyone on the board sells on eBay it would be some pretty good merchandise. I have the list in PDF form and can forward it. I did not post this while Charlie was still with us because he did not want sympathy while he was still alive. I had known Charlie for a long time and as per his wishes did not publish the fact that he knew the end was near.
Posted By: J Lucas

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 26 2017 03:15 AM

Very sad to hear about Cletis. I'll always have fond memories of him playing his guitar at some of the after hours get together's we had at the Kansas City Reunions. RIP Charlie, and our deepest condolences to June and family.

John and Theresa
Posted By: 27Capitol

Re: Cletis passed away - Wed Jul 26 2017 03:55 PM

I just heard about this last night, Wow! What a shock to hear this.... Charlie was a great guy for sure and will be missed. RIP
Prayers to his family.
Posted By: Big Tee

Re: Cletis passed away - Mon Jul 31 2017 07:04 PM

RIP Sir and Thank You for your Service to our Great Nation!
Posted By: TooMany2count

Re: Cletis passed away - Sat Aug 05 2017 11:11 PM

frown frown Just seen this, God Speed Charlie.
Posted By: a.d.-hawk

Re: Cletis passed away - Mon Sep 11 2017 12:32 AM

We just found out yesterday....Rest in Peace Charlie
Posted By: 1Bad51

Re: Cletis passed away - Fri Sep 22 2017 06:31 AM

I am so sorry to see this...Rest In Peace Charlie.
Prayer to June and the Family.
Posted By: joker

Re: Cletis passed away - Mon Oct 02 2017 10:10 PM

Charley would have been at the Good Guys show this past week end, he made almost all of them
had some great times with him there..
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