May 31, 1924 - February 13, 2017
Sarasota, Florida | Age 92
Charles Duane Setser, formerly of Greenwood, IN and recently Sarasota, FL passed away February 13, 2017 surrounded by family at The Pines of Sarasota. He was 92.
Charles was born May 31, 1924, the son of William and Ruth Setser. He is predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Betty Atwood Setser, a granddaughter, Hope Stocker Newell, his parents, 7 sisters, and 4 brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jo Lynn Gilpin Setser, his children Sherry Spalding (Sam), Gloria Abell (John), Patricia Setser (Ruth Russell) and three step children Keith Gilpin (Renae), Jennifer Lumpkin (Tony), and Lisa Angel. Charles is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild.
Charles was in the lumber business, retiring from Carter Lee Lumber Company in Greenwood in 1985. For many years, he served as trustee of Greenwood Baptist Church and was on the board of Greenwood Cemetery. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of Greenwood Christian Church.
Charles was a WWII veteran and POW. He entered the army in March 1943. In late November 1943, he was shipped out of Newport News, Virginia and was among thousands sent to North Africa. After a month of training in Algeria, his group was attached to the Forty-Fifth Infantry Division of the Fifth U.S. Army command under General Mark Clark near Naples, Italy. This Division was then sent to the front lines to hold the line at Cassina, where combat raged for several months. In the middle of the battle, the Forty-Fifth Division was sent to the Anzio beachhead. On February 17, 1944 Charles, along with more than one thousand American troops, was captured. They were first taken to Rome, Italy, and then on March 10, 1944, were herded onto German prison trucks and transported to another prison camp in Laterina, Italy. After four months, they were loaded again onto cattle cars and transported to Stalag 7A in Moosburg, Germany. They were transported again to Memmingen, Germany (Bavaria). Finally, in May 1945, the POWs were released.
There will be a celebration of his life at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory – Greenwood Chapel 481 W. Main St. Greenwood IN. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am prior to the service. Final resting place for Charles will be in the Greenwood Cemetery
Many thanks to the caregivers and staff of The Pines of Sarasota and the Veteran's Administration. Our family has embraced you forever. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Pines of Sarasota Foundation, 1501 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236.