Charles "Charlie"'s Story
Charles "Charlie" Trover, 83, of McAlester, died Sunday, April 16, 2017, at McAlester Regional Health Center.
The family will receive friends at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Brumley-Mills Chapel with Pastor Terren Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery.
Charlie Trover was born on Aug. 1, 1933, in Long Beach, California, to Jack and Clara (Smith) Trover. His family moved to Mount Carmel, Illinois, where Charley grew up. He graduated from high school there, where he was an outstanding football player, and was the first student there selected as a football all-stater.
After graduating he joined the United States Marines, serving for over 20 years, with three tours in Vietnam.
He married Patricia Burton on Sept. 12, 1954, in Mount Carmel, and for the next 20 years, they lived in many different places. Upon his retirement from the Marines in 1973, they settled in McAlester.
Charlie then formed Trover Security Service and provided security at the Army Ammunition Base for a number of years.
Charlie loved to go elk hunting in Colorado with his hunting friends and was an excellent marksman, a skill learned while in the Marines.
Charlie was a member of Life Church in McAlester.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Pat Trover, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Johnny Bernardi; one son, Mike Trover; grandchildren, Holly Hackler and husband, Shane, Kyle Bernardi and wife, Rachael, Lindsey Fassio and husband, Jason, Tiffany Winslow and husband, Joe, Jordan Trover and Rachel Trover; numerous great-grandchildren; a sister, Jackie Kitchen, and special friends, Warren Hollis, Patsy and Jerry McElhaney, and his friends at the Wellness Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Marc Trover.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Bernardi, Kyle Bernardi, Shane Hackler, David Tolman, Steve Saunier and Carl Hackler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brett Brewer, Pete Manschreck, Bill Turney and Wade Turney.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to Disabled American Veterans.
Published on April 18, 2017