Charles Freeman Lucas, aka Bean, was born November 16, 1919 in Clinton, Missouri, where he lived and grew up. He was nicknamed Bean for his love of jelly beans and it stuck with him for life. He served in the Army in World War II where he was wounded, captured by the Germans, to later escape and return home. He married Margaret Oskin in October 1945 and moved to California, where they raised three children. Freeman was known for his kindness, loving spirit, and oh how he loved to tease. His hobbies included horseshoes, bowling, cribbage and an occasional trip to the casino. He was an avid fisherman, who took the greatest pleasure in spinning a good tale about the one that got away. He nurtured many gardens, of which he always shared the proceeds. He always had a smile for everyone and never met a stranger. Even after losing his wife, and mother of his three children, in 1960 he devoted his whole life to his children. He was always there for them. After retiring he moved to Gridley, California where he lived from 1978-2009. He left this earth on July 20, 2012 at 92 years young.
Charles is survived by his brother, Raymond Lucas of Clinton, Mo; his daughter, Patricia & Bud Plant of El Dorado, Ca; his son, Gerald "Jerry" & Judy Lucas of Placerville, Ca; his daughter, Pamela & Vern Renfro of Arroyo Grande, Ca; his grandson, Dustin Barr of Reno, NV; his step-grandson, Erik & Heather Bergren of Fair Oaks, Ca; friends Gary & Susan Watson; friend Evelyn Levesque of White Plains, Mo; and many nieces and nephews,Bobbie & Maxine Evans, LaNell & Herb Smith, Peggy & Ross Divine, Stan Lucas, Rick Lucas.
Services are being held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, California at 12:30 p.m. on Sept 7th, 2012. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to VFW.