He was born July 21, 1931, in Clay County, the son of Charles and Arvetta Orman Hapenny.
He graduated from Brazil High School and then continued his education at Indiana State University, graduating with a degree in Education.
He also obtained his Masters degree from ISU.
Mr. Hapenny taught fifth-grade at Otter Creek and also taught science, math and computer technology before retiring from teaching in 1992.
He also was the teacher involved with the Rocket Club, and assisted with summer learning programs and after-school clubs.
He enjoyed teaching and being involved with the children.
He hosted many skating parties and enjoyed bringing his own children to many events.
On March 14, 1953, Charlie married the love of his life, Avalon Grantham Hapenny.
He was serving his country at the time in the U.S. Air Force.
He served from 1952-55, and was stationed in Germany during his tour.
Charlie was an active person and was involved in the Kiwanis Club, Mental Health Association, the Isaac Walton League, the Knightsville F&AM Lodge No. 409, The Brazil Commandry, and bowled in league bowling both in Brazil and Terre Haute for many years. He was a dedicated and active member of the Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church.
Following retirement from teaching, Charlie took a position at the Forest Park Golf Course.
He enjoyed working on the golf course grounds and also playing golf when possible.
He also had a seat on the Brazil Golf Course Board.
It could be said that he also held a seat at the local Hardees Morning Coffee Club, too.
Charlie enjoyed woodworking, crosswords, and traveling with his family.
He enjoyed taking his children and later his grandchildren on vacation each year. Another important part of Charlie's life was reading.
He was an avid reader, many times having several books going at the same time. He just enjoyed reading.
Survivors include his dear wife Avalon Hapenny, Brazil, children Michael Hapenny, Knightsville, Annette Royer and husband Darrell, Brazil, and Brad Hapenny and wife Kim, Brazil, grandchildren Anthony Hapenny and wife Andrea, Adrienna Menzies, Jason Royer and wife Gina, Dustin Royer and wife Krissy, Shawn Royer and wife Sarah, Rachelle Royer, Conner Hapenny, Holly Hapenny, Benjamin Hapenny and Zachar Hapenny, great-grandchildren Bryce, Brooklynne, Bristol, Hadley and Dylan, brother Chester Hapenny, Brazil, and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Dora Crafton and Mary Burger, and brother John Hapenny.
Services will take place Wednesday, at 11 a.m., at French Funeral Home, with Pastor Dick McShanog officiating.
Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m., with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Benwood Mt. Lebanon Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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