Peterson Funeral Chapel


            Charles D. Lacey, 65, of Aurora entered into rest on April 6, 2020 at the age of 65.

            He was born in Springfield, MO. and was a 1973 graduate of Central High School. After graduation he went on to attend Draughon Business College. In his twenties Charlie moved to Denver where he worked in the fencing business for many years, working his way up from installing to being an estimator. Toward the end of his employment years, he moved back to S.W. Missouri to be closer to family. He settled in Aurora, MO. and went ot work for Dexter Printing Co. until his retirement.

            Charlie was a very talented guitarist. At fifteen he took out a loan to buy his first guitar and was very eager to learn how to play. He began with lessons at Hoover Music Co. and was soon rockin' out with his friends in the family's living room. Through the years he played with different bands and even traveled as a musician in the mid to late 70's. Charlie also loved camping, hiking and biking. He was able to camp in Spectacular places like the Grand Canyon, the Wyoming Wind River Range and the Rocky Mountains. With his dry sense of humor he would tell stories of his camping experiences while drinking a cup of coffee, of course.

            Charlie was a devoted brother who became more like a father to his younger siblings. He stepped up and took the responsibility upon himself at a young age and carried on in that role for the remainder of his years. Our brother liked to project himself as a "tough guy", but he balanced it well with his witty and comical softer side. He may be gone from this life but never gone from our hearts.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Lacey Sr. and Alberta (Hembree) Lacey; brother, Howard Lacey Jr. and his sister, Shirleyn Lacey.

            Survivors include his brother, Gerald Lacey; sisters, Debra Lacey, Dawn Kramer and Nancy Lacey; aunt, Nancy Jenkins; many cousins, nieces, nephews and his best friend since childhood, Don Brink. He will sorely be missed by all.

            Because of the current situation with the COVID-19, the family has decided to hold a memorial service at a later date.

            In lieu of flowers, please remember Charlie by making a donation to: Play It Forward SWMO in care of Car-Fi, 1600 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO.  65804 or

            Arrangements are under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.