Dr. Charles E. “Doc” Gentile, age 85 of Ozark, Missouri passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020 peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. He was born November 29, 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the son of Charles and Aimee Mae (Waterberry) Gentile. On January 23, 1960 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Radford in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
On February 17, 1954, Doc entered the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for four years. In 1964, when Doc and Evelyn arrived in Ozark, the town population was only 1500 people. Doc joined a bowling team at the Ozark Bowling Alley to meet residents and the first introduction lead to many lifelong friendships. Doc was a longtime resident and Chiropractor in Ozark after practicing for 3 years in Laurel, Mississippi. Doc was continually active in the community and over the years he was a local bank board member, a Mason, a City Council member and a member of the Lions Club. He was also an honorary Christian County Deputy and the first C.P.R. instructor for the sheriff’s department under Sheriff L.E. Buff Lamb. Doc was dearly loved and will be sadly missed.
Doc is lovingly survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn, two daughters Chris Ronen and husband Brent of Nashville, Tennessee, Brenda Keeler of Ozark, Missouri; one son Charles E. Gentile Jr. and wife Karen also of Ozark Missouri; two grandchildren Justin Gentile and wife Joy, Brittney Forstrom and husband Jake; step-grandchildren Andrea Rupp and husband Josh, Brad Carnes and wife Emily; two great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; special niece Carolyn Wood and children Brandy and Travis; special nephew Jerry Radford and wife Diane and other special relatives. Doc was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Kevin Keeler, nephew Quincy Wood.
Through the years, Doc and Evelyn shared several trips and good times with Lyle and Betty Mabe of the Baldknobbers. He was also one of the first audience members to be brought on stage to be serenaded at the Baldknobbers Show. There were trips, escapades, business ventures, ping-pong, horseshoes and card games with Doc’s best friend and partner in crime Jim Tinker.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 6, 2020 in Barnes Family Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie Bilyeu and Matt Essick officiating, burial will follow in Selmore Cemetery, Ozark. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday evening in Barnes Family Funeral Home. Online condolences maybe shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com
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