Charles Roger DeWitt (Charlie), age 42, of Grain Valley, Missouri, passed from this world on Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Charles Roger DeWitt (Charlie), age 42, of Grain Valley, Missouri, passed from this world on Sunday, October 25, 2009.

A service will be held at 7 p.m, Friday, the 30th of October at Meyers Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Born in Independence, Missouri, Charlie grew up and attended school in Blue Springs, Mo. He was active in Scouting and had a great love of the outdoors. Fishing was one of his most enjoyable activities. Traveling extensively as a child with his parents, a passion developed that continued throughout his life taking him to all 50 states of the U.S. and most of North America. He was a voracious reader and prized the moment he sat at the very desk of author, Jack London, where the book “Call of the Wild” was written. He loved the water; rivers, streams, lakes and especially the oceans. Sailing was deeply fulfilling to him and in fact, one of his most treasured life experiences.

Charlie had a very large and loving family and will be missed deeply by his mother, Judy DeWitt, his partner of 13 years, Brad, their shared children; Ryan and Sara, Annakje, Ariel, Jasper and Amber; one grandchild, Jackson; brothers and sisters, Steve and Betty, Stan, Kevin and Margaret; nieces and nephew, Andrea, Zsoubin, Hadiss, and Tami, and countless other friends and loved ones. Last, but not least, his faithful little dog, Louis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth E. DeWitt, whom he loved dearly. He was Charlie’s mentor, friend, and greatest inspiration always.

He inspired and brought joy to everyone around him. Charlie was indeed a light in this world.

The family asks that those who would like to express their condolences make a donation to The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, 5445 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66104. http://www.hsgkc.org/memorialpage.html

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W Main, Blue Springs, MO 64015, 816-229-3276. Condolences and memories of Charlie may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com. A web cast is available for those unable to attend the service.