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Charles Cyrus Zentmyer

December 13, 1943 — August 14, 2023

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Charles Cyrus Zentmyer

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Charles Cyrus Zentmyer, a man of adventure and versatility, was born in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and led a remarkable life that touched the hearts of many.  He embraced a vibrant and diverse career, constantly seeking new opportunities and experiences. His travels took him to various destinations such as London, Miami, Raleigh, and San Antonio. Throughout his journey, he engaged in a variety of roles including working at Home Depot and serving as a Kitchen CAD designer. Charles was known for his strong work ethic and dedication to his craft.

Straight out of high school, Charles enlisted in the US Navy, serving on the USS Yosemite as a hospital corpsman. Serving his country with honor and distinction, he displayed both bravery and compassion. He was injured in the Bay of Pigs, receiving gunfire from Cuban militants.  He also received a concussion during his submarine tour, but still tended to his duties and his shipmates without complaint.  Additionally, Charles exemplified his athletic prowess by participating in football games alongside his fellow Navy servicemen. His military service remained an important chapter in his life that he cherished deeply.

Charles is remembered for having a listening ear for his beloved children, cracking jokes with friends, and standing up for what he believed in.  He often spoke out for fellow residents and staff who he felt were being treated disrespectfully.   Charles had a passion for classic cars, enjoyed watching football, playing cards and board games with family and friends, and spending time with his grandchildren.  Mostly, Charles reminisced of his early years in Eaton Rapids.  He longed to visit, having very fond memories of friends and family.

Charles Cyrus Zentmyer was preceded in death by both of his parents, Kenneth and Ruth Zentmyer, and his sister, Beverly Davis. He is survived by his brother Robert, daughter Cari, son David, and grandsons Tyler and Weston.

To honor and remember Charles Cyrus Zentmyer, casual visitation services will be held at Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center located at 4235 E. US Hwy 190 in Temple, Texas on August 31, 2023, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  A burial ceremony will follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery situated at 11463 TX-195 in Killeen, Texas on the same day at 2:00 pm. 

Charles lived a life that resonated with those around him. May we remember him for his adventurous spirit, devotion to family, and unwavering commitment to his passions. He will be deeply missed but forever held close within our hearts and memories. 

The family asks in lieu of flowers that you make a donation to the VFW National Home, a children’s home in Eaton Rapids Michigan.  (3573 South Waverly Road Eaton Rapids Michigan 48827)

The family would also like to extend a sincere special thanks to William R. Courtney Texas Veterans Nursing Home, especially Director of Nursing Carl, Administrator Tammy & Nurses Melanie & Marcella. 

 
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Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, August 31, 2023

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center

4235 E. US Hwy 190, Temple, TX 76501

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Burial

Thursday, August 31, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 TX-195, Killeen, TX 76542

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