Charles Marion 'Charlie' Harbit


Charles M. Harbit

Written by Muleskinner Staff

Charles Marion “Charlie” Harbit, 91, of Warrensburg, Missouri, died at his home on March 27. He was surrounded by the love of his two daughters, Vicki Harbit Hill and Ronda Harbit Marr.

Charles M. Harbit
Charles M. Harbit

A full military honors service will be held for Charles Marion Harbit at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Warrensburg American Legion Post 131.
He was born on April 11, 1923, and raised in Windsor, Missouri, the son of Ed and Eva MacDonald Harbit. He was preceded in death by his parents and six sisters, Ruth, Florence, Mary, Jane Ann, Eugenia and Peggy (Margaret). He is survived by his daughters, grandsons, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 2, 1941, and was assigned to a ship Jan. 9, 1943. From there he served on a number of ships as a gunner’s mate (GM2) for the remainder of the war until 1946 and was a Navy Man who crossed the ditch — the Panama Canal. He came home from World War II and returned to service in 1951 for 18 months during the Korean War. Charles was active in the Warrensburg American Legion Post 131 and enjoyed helping with the bingo until just a few months ago. He was also a member of the Warrensburg VFW Post 2513.
Charles was married to Dorothy B. Berryman (both of Leeton) in Windsor on Jan. 8, 1952.
They moved to Warrensburg upon his return from naval service. To this union were born two children, Vicki Lee and Ronda Rae Harbit.
Charles married Reylene Fay Yeater Wakeman on June 23, 1973, whose sons, Charles Herbert and William Ellwood Wakeman, became part of his family.
Charles Harbit worked with George Stump in construction for a number of years in Warrensburg and his work is still visible in churches, houses and businesses in the area. A project log from 1958 to 1988 chronicles his workmanship. Charlie Harbit took some humble pride in his work and collected tools along the way. He was a lifetime member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of American – over 50 years.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Warrensburg, attending regularly.
Memorial contributions for the Warrensburg American Legion Post 131 or the Warrensburg First Christian Church and both may be left in care of Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home.