Former Tuscola county resident and farmer, Charles Eugene Tunis, age 89, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the Water’s Edge Assisted Living facility in Lake Wales, Florida after a lengthy illness.
Born August 12, 1930, in Detroit to Melvin Eugene Tunis and Elsie Mae (Sweatt) Tunis, he was the oldest of five children. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister (Patricia Ann Morgan) and two brothers (James Brown Tunis and Robert Delno Tunis).
He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Mary Ann (Seguin) Tunis (married December 1949), a sister (Mary Roberts of Rogers City), and six daughters: Carol Steele (Larry) of Waunakee, Wisconsin; Dorothy Fowler (Robert) of Southgate; Shirley Touchton (Glen) of Hamilton, Indiana; Mary Jane Windsor (Bill) of Winter Haven, Florida; Lorraine Holder (Keith) of Akron, Ohio; and Judy Uhas (John) of New Port Richey, Florida; six grandchildren (Josette LeBeau, Heather Coon, Billy Windsor III, Sarah Windsor, Andy Windsor, and Jonathan Uhas), as well as eight great-grandchildren (Zachary LeBeau, Brandon LeBeau, Gabriel LeBeau, Elizabeth LeBeau, Evan Coon, Braden Windsor, Emma Windsor, and Lillie Windsor).
Charles leaves a legacy of public service. First as a member of the U.S. Army, being stationed in Korea and Japan from 1947 until his discharge in 1949. Afterwards, he served the City of Warren as a firefighter, his church as a Deacon, Youth Director, and Elder. During his tenure with the fire department, he helped spearhead the city’s Paramedic Unit Division during the early 1970s, serving as one of its Training Officers, and rising to the level of Battalion Chief. After he retired, he and Mary Ann moved to a farm near Cass City, in the rural farm country of Michigan’s thumb area. With a passion for firefighting, he served as a volunteer on the Elkland Township Fire Department for 11 years and with the Tuscola County Department of Natural Resources for ten years. Besides farming, he was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved the outdoors.
Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City, Florida is handling the arrangements. Burial will be at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.