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Charles Henry Neighbor, 97, of Roanoke, VA was called home to his heavenly father on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
Charles Henry Neighbor was born in 1924 in Iola KS as the eldest son of Josephine and Charles. He was educated in the town and drafted from college in 1943 and assigned to the 29th Infantry Division. At 19 and a half he survived the first wave in the division's D-Day assault on Omaha Beach when his landing craft was carried off course by the weather. He was seriously wounded later in Normandy, spending eight months recuperating, and in Germany.
He earned an engineering degree from Kansas State University and married Clarice Ganswind of Centralia IL in 1950. He worked as a civil engineer, starting with grain silo design in Kansas, until he retired, He moved to Roanoke in 1967 and was an active member of Windsor Hills United Methodist Church. He greatly enjoyed travel, camping and the outdoors. With Clarice he revisited the Normandy Beaches in 1983, which spurred him on to finish and publish his World War II book, “One Man's War Story.” He returned to Normandy several times as an active member of the 29th Division Association and did many well-received talks about his experiences. He was a proud supporter of the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. He was well looked after by the staff of Brandon Oaks for nearly 21 years.
Charles is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Clarice Neighbor; mother, Josephine D. Neighbor; brother, Howard Neighbor; grandson, Eric Neighbor.
He is survived by his children, Charles “Chad” Neighbor (Lesley), Jonelle Neighbor, Keith Neighbor (Carolyn), Christopher Neighbor; sisters, Catherine Harris, Carol Neighbor (Gregg); sister in-law, Mary Neighbor; grandchildren, Rebecca Neighbor, Sarah Neighbor, Anna Neighbor and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give special Thanks to the entire staff and the caregivers at Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center for taking such great care of Charles.
A celebration service of Charles’s life will be 2pm Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Lotz Funeral Home Roanoke 1001 Franklin Road S.W. Roanoke, VA 24016 with Rev. Douglas B. Paysour officiating. The family will receive friends from 12-2 prior to the service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the D-Day memorial in Bedford Va. At www.dday.org
Online condolences may be made at www.lotzfuneralhome.com.