Charles “Charlie” H. Lexa, age 74, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from complications following surgery. Charlie was born in Racine on August 29, 1935, son of the late Henry E. and Helen A. (Nee: Mihel) Ehlert and was raised by his mother and adoptive father, Charles Lexa.
In his early years Charlie joined Sokol and attended Bohemian School to learn Bohemian. To earn money he was a caddy at the Racine Country Club and had his own paper route. He was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1953.” Charlie joined the United States Navy where he traveled the world and lived in Morocco and Australia, ending his twenty-year Naval career in San Diego, CA. Returning to Racine with his family he was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for fifteen years. He was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and the V.F.W. Post 1391. Charlie also enjoyed his time as a delivery person for Flowers by Walter. He loved crossword puzzles, reading, gardening and especially spending time with his family and friends on his “veranda.” He will be sadly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife, Linda (Nee: Grove); his children, Karin Fannon, Linda (Claudio) Araujo, Craig Lexa; his daughter-in-law, Denise Lexa; 13 grandchildren; two stepchildren, Tracy Squires, Melanie (Mike) Zember; five stepgrandchildren; brothers, Paul (Judy) Lexa, Richard (Marilyn) Lexa; sisters, Helen (Joe) Camilli, Margaret Lemay, Louise Urdiales; brother-in-law, Robert (Judy) Grove; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Lexa.
A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. until time of service.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Froedtert Memorial Hospital for their loving and compassionate care.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888