Charles Thomas Flamm

Charles Thomas Flamm

Charles Thomas Flamm, 85, of Cobden, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. 

He was born on May 4, 1935, in Cobden, the son of Fred C. and Mae Hodges Flamm. 

He married the love of his life, Virginia Lee Bittle, on Nov. 24, 1956, in Cobden 

Charles is survived by his wife, Virginia Flamm of Cobden; a daughter, Carolyn Jean Flamm; two sons, Kenneth Brian (Patty) Flamm and Christopher Thomas (Kelly) Flamm; grandchildren Josh Flamm, James Rains, Clayton, Cooper and Claire Flamm; a sister, Marlene Rich; a brother-in-law, Don (Kay) Bittle; a sister-in-law, Wilma Schwab; he was proud of and loved by his nieces and nephews, Doug and Chuck Meadows, Harold Blunt, Nancy Macdonald, Karen Winzenburger, John B. Vitt Jr., Steve and Chris Rich, Eric and Gary Ogden, and Sean Bittle; several great-nieces and nephews and their children; many other relatives and dear friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Charles Thomas Flamm Jr. and James Donald Flamm; a granddaughter, Amanda Paige Flamm; sisters Ethel Mae Blunt and Audrey Ann Vitt; nieces Janis Lee Graham, Vicki Marlene Lyerla and Susan Vitt; and a nephew, Brian Scott Blunt.

Charles was a lifelong member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden. He was the former parish council member and church trustee. 

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Cobden Lions Club for over 50 years. 

Charles was an avid sports fan, especially the Cobden Appleknockers and L.A. Dodgers. He enjoyed reading John Wayne westerns, playing solitaire and going for drives with Virginia. He coached his sons’ and nephews’ baseball teams for many years.

Charles worked for Crawford Gas Company, establishing Flamm’s Heating and Cooling in 1983.

Charles will be remembered for his gentle nature, and his love of his community and sense of humor. 

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden, with Father Uriel Salamanca officiating. Interment was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cobden.

The Rosary was prayed at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the funeral home. 

Memorials can be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery or to the Cobden Lions Club. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden was in charge of arrangements.

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