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Obituary: Charlie Moody

Charlie Moody passed away unexpectedly on February 20, 2023 at his home in Lake, MI at the age of 88.
Charlie was born on October 3, 1934 in Ann Arbor, MI to Charles Leo Moody and Susan Marie Waugh, both from Monmouth, ME. He spent his childhood living on the grounds of the Ann Arbor Arboretum where his father was the curator. In his youth, Charlie was a stand-out doubles tennis player and varsity letter winner at University High School. While attending this high school he met his life’s love, Betty Jean Irish. They were married shortly after graduation and soon began a family which quickly grew with four sons; David (1956), Douglas (1957), Daniel (1960) and Donald (1961). Charlie worked as an Ann Arbor Fire Fighter for 33 years, driving the ladder truck and preparing meals for his fellow fire fighters. During his off shifts from the Fire Department, Charlie worked as a surveyor for Atwell Hicks for 40 years. Upon retirement, Betty Jean and Charlie purchased their lake front cottage in Lake, MI which became his favorite place on earth and eventually his year round home. Charlie loved the nature that surround345ed him here, feeding the birds, squirrels and chipmunks daily.
Charlie was preceded in death by his father Charles Leo Moody 11/09/1980, his mother Susan Marian Moody 01/25/1980, and his wife, Betty Jean of 56 years on 06/25/2011.
He is survived by his sons David, Douglas, Daniel (Suzanne) and Donald; his grandchildren Jeremy (Joyanna), Jess Carlson (Luke) and Matt (Niki); his great grandchildren Madison and Mason; brother-in-law Curt Irish (Brenda).
Charlie will be cremated and buried next to his wife Betty Jean in the Surrey Township Cemetery. To honor Charlie’s life, an open house will be held at Dan and Sue Moody’s home on Sunday, March 5, 2023 from 1-4 pm.
Charlie was a voracious reader and HUGE sports fan. His blood ran maize and blue for his favorite Michigan Wolverine Football team.
Contributions can be made in Charlie’s name to the Michigan Humane Society, the Leukemia Foundation (AML) and the Monmouth Museum

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