CHARLES BURTON PREBLE Charles Burton Preble, of Altoona , Kansas died Saturday July 3, 2004 at the Fredonia Regional Hospital just 10 days shy of his 87th birthday. He was the second child of seven that were born to Benjamin Joshua Preble and Lorena Zoe Wiggans Preble. He was born in Oklahoma on July 13, 1917. During World War II, Burton served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Iceland and Europe. Following the war, he lived in Wyoming and Neosho, Missouri, where he met and married his wife, Carrie Jane Capps, in 1950. They farmed in Neosho for a short while, then they moved to a ranch in Wyoming. Back in Altoona, Kansas they operated the Vickers filling station for many years. Tuesdays, their only day offf, found them fishing in area ponds and lakes, often accompanied by family and friends. The station closed after the highway was routed around the town, and until their retirement they worked at a greenhouse in Neosho. They then returned to Altoona to live out the rest of their lives. Burton was a quiet man who will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, and his unique ability to bring laughter to young children. His fondness for the game of Bingo brought him many friends. Burton and his wife Jane also delivered meals on wheels around Altoona for several years. Burton was a life member of VFW Post 5962, and a member of the American Legion Post 170. Burton was preceded in death by his wife, Jane in 1997; his parents; his brothers, Ben Jr., of Neodesha, and Zane, Carthage Missouri; his sisters, Winnievea Sutton, Neodesha, Bonnie Pipitone, New Jersey and Joan Kindig, Colorado. Survivors include his sister, Rosalee Gardner, of Neodesha; a brother-in-law, T.T. Bud Sutton, of Neodesha, a sister-in-law, Laura Mrs.Zane Preble, Carthage, Missouri, and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2004 at the Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel with Dave Cheshier officiating. Burial will follow in the Altoona Cemetery.