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Lt. Charles Set, WWII B-24 Navigator

Lt. Charles Seth was the navigator aboard the B-24 Lovely Lady's Avenger during WWII at the time of the plane's crash in Malmö, Sweden. His crew was Crew #609, 786th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomb Group, 2nd Air Division, 8th Army Air Force

Charles was born July 13, 1922, in Watseka, IL, to Earl and Della Lanham Seth. He married LuWana M. Dugas on Sept. 7, 1947, at Methodist Church, Gilman, IL. She passed away Jan. 13, 2007.

He served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a 1st Lieutenant. He was a B-24 navigator in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater. He flew 23 missions before crash landing in Sweden on June 21, 1944. More of this story can be found on the main page.

Charles was a freight agent for Toledo Peoria and Western Railroad in East Peoria for 43 years. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Winter Haven, FL, where they enjoyed golfing at Cypresswood Golf and Country Club. During his golfing days he accomplished two holes-in-one.

Charles was a lifetime member of Transportation Club of Peoria.

He was an avid Cubs fan. He was a loving father and grandfather who loved family gatherings. He enjoyed going to Dairy Queen and eating jelly beans. He also loved to solve math problems and, at the grocery store, he would compute the total grocery bill (including the tax) in his head as he shopped. One of his favorite songs was Danny Boy.


Charles passed away at 9:16 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, after a brief illness with his family by his side. He was 91. "Grandpa Charlie" will be greatly missed by all his family.

Surviving (at the time of his passing) are one son, Charles A. "Art" (Linda) Seth Jr., East Peoria, IL; three daughters, Dianne M. Hobbie, Pekin, IL; Lauri J. "Jodie" (Steve) McDowell, East Peoria, IL; and Cheryl L. Seth, Minier, IL; four grandchildren, Kirsten (Ryan) Springer, Tremont, IL; Joseph, Chicago, IL; Kara (Scott) Jones, Las Vegas, NV; and Jeremy Williams, Mackinaw, IL; six great-grandchildren, Alaina, Aleah, Piper, Zane, Seth and Ryder; one brother, Earl Seth Jr., Blackfoot, ID; three sisters, Elizabeth Curtis, Mildred Murphy and Patricia Reinike, all of Bloomington, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Guy Seth, one grandson and one son-in-law, Roger L. Hobbie.


A visitation was held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Nov. 2, 2013 at Davis Mortuary, Tremont, IL. A memorial was held at noon the same day, with Rev. Kurt Walker officiating. Charles was cremated, as was his wife LuWana when she passed in 2007, and he was buried next to her in Mennonite Cemetery, rural Hopedale, IL, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greater Peoria Honor Flight, P.O. Box 5072, Peoria, IL 61601 or Transportation Club of Peoria, P.O. Box 607, Chillicothe, IL 61523.

To express condolences visit www.davismortuaryinc.com.

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