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Charles W. DeSpain

April 2, 1933 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 87)


Charles W. DeSpain, 87, passed away on January 5, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born on April 2, 1933, in Vine Grove, Kentucky, the son of the late Walter DeSpain and Ruby DeSpain-Keplinger. He served in the Army during the Korean War and retired from Philip Morris after 41 years of service. Charles was a Mason and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Charles is survived by his daughter Karen DeSpain, son Mark (Julie) DeSpain; stepdaughter Debbie (Dr. Vaughn) Payne, stepsons Joe (Joy), Danny, Ronnie, and Greg (Terri) Schmitt; 16 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; sisters Mary Katherine "Kat" Cheshire, Vina Woodcock, Cora (Jerry) Crowe, brother Gerald W. Cheshire, and sister-in-law Carol Keplinger; along with a host of nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Margaret A. DeSpain, stepfather Kenneth Keplinger, brother Danny Keplinger, brothers-in-law JT Woodcock and Gerald P. Cheshire, and sister-in-law Martha Cheshire.

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