A memorial service for Charley Burton Rasp, 84, of Enid, was Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Enid. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Charley was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Kingfisher and passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.
His proud parents were Alfred Leo Rasp Sr. and Nellie Louise (Grimes) Rasp of Abilene, Kan..
The Rasp family moved to Abilene, Kan., in 1941.
Charley attended Garfi eld Grade School, Abilene Junior High and Abilene High School. During these school years, he was active in football, basketball, baseball and sang in the Abilene High School choir and mixed ensemble.
Charley played American Legion baseball during the summer for several seasons.
Charley and Judith Ann Menges were married June 12, 1960, at the First Christan Church in Abilene.
Afterward, the couple moved to Hays, Kan., to attend Fort Hays State University.
Judy worked for the university’s director of housing while Charley worked on the school maintenance program.
During March 1963, the couple was blessed with the birth of Michelle Renee.
Charley graduated from Fort Hays State University in May 1963, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
The couple then moved to Kansas City, Mo.,, where Charley joined Phillips Petroleum Company as an accounting trainee. One year later, they moved to Bartlesville, where they maintained their home for 29-plus years. During those many years, the family grew to five, with Troy Randall and Jennifer Lynn both joining the family.
Charley was very active supporting the kids’ activities (school PTA, sports at the Boys Club, Bartlesville Little League, served as president of Pony/Colt League for four years, as well as acting as a coach and director of softball and baseball for Little League).
Charley and Judy were very active in square dancing. The family were members of the East Cross Methodist Church in Bartlesville.
Charley entered a “loan service program” for Phillips Petroleum in 1975, with the position being in Norway.
The family headed to London, England, where Charley trained for six months. Then the family moved to Stavanger, Norway, for two years, where Charley served as finance manager for Norpipe A/S, while on loan service from Phillips Petroleum Company.
The children attended the American school while in Stavanger.
Living in Norway was a great experience for the entire family. Upon returning from Norway, the family returned to Bartlesville.
Charley held various positions before becoming director of banking and cash management for Phillips Petroleum Company.
Short of his 30-year anniversary, Phillips advised his services were no longer required, due to a major layoff within the company.
Two years later, Charley joined the City of Kansas City Finance Department, Treasury Division, as manager of cash operations.
After 15 years, Charley retired from the City of Kansas City.
At this time, Michelle, Troy and Jennifer were away from the home and all three had earned their bachelor’s degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Charley and Judy were very proud that all three kids earned their bachelor’s degrees.
After retiring in Kansas City, Charley and Judy moved to Enid.
Charley joined the staff of the Garfield County District Attorney, working there for two years before retiring.
Charley and Judy maintained their home in Enid where they enjoyed their grandchildren until the time of their passing.
Survivors are daughter Michelle Renee Rasp Walsh of La Plata, Md.; son Troy Randall Rasp of Enid; daughter Jennifer Lynn Rasp of Oklahoma City; grandsons Ryan Walsh and Logan Rasp; and granddaughters Haley Rasp Sparks, Megan Rasp Godfrey and Camryn Rasp.
Memorial contributions in Charley’s name may be made to Enid SPCA with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.
Condolences may be made and services viewed online at www.ladusauevans. com.