Charles L.”Charlie” Bloss Jr.

Charles L. Bloss Jr. “Charlie”, “Bud”, “Twinkie”, “Rev CL”, passed away peacefully at his home in Lecompton on May 16th, 2024.

Charlie was born on July 31, 1946 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Mary Alice Carnes Bloss and Dr. Charles L. Bloss Sr. His family moved to Dallas, Texas a year later. He was baptized at East Dallas Christian Church in 1959 and graduated from Greenhill High School in 1965. He moved to Topeka, Kansas where he joined the Topeka Police Department as a Dispatcher and became a Reserve Officer for the Shawnee County Sheriffs Department. He graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy in Hutchinson, Kansas and became a Deputy Sheriff in 1974. He worked in multiple departments in his career: Dispatch, Warrants, Prisoner Transport, Process, Records and his last job was in Courthouse Security before he retired in 1997. He loved working in the courthouse, becoming friends with all the judges.

He was named Officer of the Year in 1994 by the Insurance Women of Topeka and was recognized for his bravery with the Medal of Valor for his role in the Frank Carlson Federal Building incident in 1993.

He married Beth Meinhardt on April 26th, 1986. She survives at their home. Also surviving at their home are his furkids, Ranger, Smokey and Sami He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Robert Bloss and his wife Linda of Houston, Texas, his brother, Dr. William Bloss and his wife Martha of Winterville, North Carolina, nephew Robert Scott Bloss of Liberty Hill, Texas, Nephew William Paul Bloss Jr. and his wife Roxanne of Charleston, South Carolina, niece Marilyn Bloss Koester and her husband Drew, Great niece Mary Lee Fontana, Great nephews George and John Fontana, all of Memphis, Tennessee.

Furkids that passed before him are Angel, a black Labrador that he rescued shortly after retiring and was very special to him, Sabbath, Mr. Duke, Patches, Tyger, Midnite and J. Edgar Hoover, a black cat that he gave to his wife when they first met and had for 19 years. Part of the ashes of the furkids that passed before him will be added to his ashes per his wishes. We know he is happy to be reunited with them in Heaven.

Charlie loved his Diet Mountain Dew and Twinkies. He ate so many Twinkies trying to gain weight back that the Cancer Center nicknamed him”Twinkie”. He and his two brothers all called each other “Bud” He was also called Reverand CL by a lot of his co-workers at the Sheriffs Department because the Warrants Department got Credentials of Ministry, so Charlie’s department all had to get theirs also.
Charlie loved Bald Eagles and took many exceptional pictures of them. He has a house full of Eagle figurines and pictures. He also loved elephants and has many figurines in his office. He loved James Arness and Gunsmoke and never missed a show. He enjoyed playing “Santa Claus” for a number of year after retiring. He was also a Life member of the National Rifle Association.

Memorial contributions can be sent to S.C.A.R.S. (Second Chance Animal Rescue Society) at P.O. Box 22 Auburn, KS. 66402

Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of the Lane University Museum at 625 Woodsen Ave in Lecompton,where he and Beth were married 38 years ago. Following the service, there will be a gathering at the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church at 402 Elmore in Lecompton for cookies and drinks and time to visit with the family. Arrangements are with Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home of Lawrence.

Messages & Condolences

From William P. and Martha A. Bloss...

My beloved brother will be dearly missed by all of us. We know that he is soaring with eagles, in the company of angels, and has been reunited with our family members that have passed before him. Rest in Peace, Bud.

From Kenton Lewis...

I worked with Charlie at the courthouse for a few months before deploying overseas. He always had a pleasant demeanor about him. You will be missed.

From Bernard Hurd...

It was good knowing Charlie during his service at the courthouse. Condolences to the Bloss family.

From Landra Gail Harwood...

Dear Charlie , I will miss you so much. You’ve been a great friend since 1978. Funny things I’ll never forget. I hope you are pain free and you found my Lottie Dot like I ask you to. Please watch over her until I join you. Send me a sign every now and then that you’re still here in spirit. I’ll know when it’s you💔
Dear Beth, you were his wife and in the end his warrior. He was a quirky lil character we have to admit that. That made him Charlie. Wouldn’t have it any other way. The kids all got excited when Uncle Charlie came outside but knew he meant business with his cane “ no jumping”. Can remember side trips with his fancy camera and lens ( fabulous turtle pictures). Gunsmoke ole Marshall Dillon, Doc and Miss Kitty. In his last months I’d lay on the bed with him why you entertained my dogs watch 1Adam 12 “ 211inprogress” and heard joy in his voice when John Walsh came back on with Americas most Wanted. He was always ready to watch what John said “ help us catch this Dirtbag” You will miss him and me and the kids will miss him. I truly hope you find inner strength and peace of mind. He loved you like crazy. So funny you wouldn’t give him the time of day or go out with him. Then he brought you a kitten. 🐈‍⬛ That man was no dummy. Knew the way to a woman heart. ♥️
To Charlie’s brothers. I’m truly sorry for your loss of a great brother and a one of a kind man.

From Martha Hodgesmith...

John McElroy enjoyed so many years of friendship with Charlie. Charlie could make John laugh; the best gift of friendship.
Beth insured that John could get the most beautiful of floral arrangements to celebrate our special occasions. Beth may you find comfort in the memories of your life with Charlie

From William (Bill) Beasley...

Charlie and I began full time as deputies in 1974. It was always a great joy to work with him. May he rest in peace with his fur babies. Will miss seeing him.

From Michelle Brokaw...

I am so sorry for your loss. Charlie was a good friend, a dedicated officer, and an animal rights advocate. He will be missed!!

From Tom Lemon...

Charlie had a great pride in and care for law enforcement. If a retired law enforcement officer passed away in Northeast Kansas you could count on reading a kind word from Charlie. He also had a knack for a funny comment with his wry sense of humor. He was a good man. I will miss him.

From Ted Rake & Gloria Obregon...

Dear family,
We remember Charlie as a family man, a law enforcement officer, his sense of humor, and a friend. We send our heartfelt prayers to you and your extended family.

From tim byers...

Charles was one of a kind!! Very proud to have worked with him and call him my friend!!

From Mark wanamaker...

My sincere condolences to family and friends. I sure enjoyed working with Charlie over the many years at the sheriffs department. May the good Lord, provide peace and comfort to all.

From Rich Grassi...

Fair winds, following seas, Reverend. It was great to know you.

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