Charles Wesley “Charley” Ottwell, 64, of Festus, formerly of Hannibal, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at his home in Festus, Mo. after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Charles Wesley “Charley” Ottwell, 64, of Festus, formerly of Hannibal, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at his home in Festus, Mo. after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

At Charley’s request, his body was donated to science to help others. Graveside services will be scheduled next year with burial at Greenpond Cemetery in Pearl, Illinois. A celebration of Charley’s life will be held at a later date.

Charley was born May 18, 1953, in Pittsfield, Ill., to Earnest Charles (Chuck) and Ethel Marie Spegal Ottwell. He was married to Debbie Johnson Ottwell, she survives. He was previously married to Ramona Fox.

Other survivors include his sister, Linda McCourt (Tim) of Hannibal; two stepdaughters, Toni Lewton (Casey Anderson) and Samantha Bramblett (Michael Cox); three stepsons, Larry Lewton (Kathy Thomas), Andrew Lewton (Tiffany George) and Cody Bramblett (Megan); 11 grandchildren, two nieces, five nephews, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins plus his beloved dog, Molly.

Charley was preceded in death by his parents; one step-grandson, Dustyn Brazel; sister-in-law, Mickie Gibbons; niece, Taneka McCourt; and his faithful companions, Puppose and Bo.

Charley was an accomplished upholsterer, learning his craft alongside his father. He won several awards for his boat designs with Irwin Yachts in Florida. Charley also restored the upholstery for a 1938 Buick Special Dynaflash sent from Switzerland.

Charley was also a talented drummer and played with many bands in Hannibal including “Distorted Image,” “Riverside Avenue” and “Thunderhead.” He also was drummer for bands in St. Petersburg, Fla., Medford and Grants Pass, Ore.

Charley loved all animals (as he would say “fuzzy faces”) especially dogs. But his true love was his family, which was evident by his kindness and generosity.

Memorials can be made to any Humane Society or any animal shelter of the donor’s choice.