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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916

Wayne "Chuck" Charles Elgin

Tuesday, December 4th, 1928 - Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
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Wayne Charles (Chuck) Elgin, 90, of Joplin, MO., went to be with the Lord on April 17th 2019 following a short illness.

Wayne Charles (Chuck) Elgin was born December 4, 1928 to Wayne Lemuel and Ann Elizabeth Jozwik Elgin in Greeley, Colorado. After his father’s death, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when he was fifteen.

He attended Memphis Technical School and worked for several years at Warner Brothers Picture Distributing Company. In 1951, he was drafted into the Army in the 101st Airborne Division stationed in Breckenridge, Kentucky.

On September 21, 1951, he married Doris Taylor in Denver, Colorado where she was working at Denver General Hospital. They were transferred to the Virginia Military District in Richmond. In March of 1952 he was sent to Korea. He was stationed in Nonson, Korea and was chief of the message center in a POW camp.

He was discharged in 1952 and returned to Memphis where he worked as a bookkeeper for a construction company until he entered pharmacy school. He graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy and practiced in retail and hospital pharmacies until they moved to Joplin in 1967. He bought the McCool Drug Store at 4th and Joplin and later relocated the store to 2nd and Main Street until closing the store in 1981. He worked at Skaggs and Mays Drug stores until his appointment as Director of Pharmacy at Oak Hill Hospital in 1983. He continued in that position until 1994 when he retired.
Following retirement, he worked as a relief pharmacist for several pharmacies. He was a longtime volunteer at the Community Clinic of Joplin where he was in charge of the pharmacy. In April 2007, he was awarded the Missouri Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award in Jefferson City. In 2014, he was among the outstanding volunteers by the Joplin Regional Journal who were recognized at a banquet. He continued working at the Community Clinic until 2018.

Chuck liked to play tennis at Landreth Park with his buddies. He bowled on a team for many years with Dr. I E. Kilbane. They won the city Handicap Doubles Bowlers tournament in 1986.
He was an avid Lionbacker and could be identified by his green and gold cap and his recommendations to the referees. He received the MSSU Lionhearted award in November of 1991.
After retirement, he and Doris enjoyed traveling with groups and visited China, Australia, Scandinavia, Russia, Italy, England, and Canada. They also travelled extensively in the United States.
Chuck was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Tri M Class.

He leaves his son Stephen and his wife Sharon, his daughter, Patricia Morgan and husband, Mark, granddaughters Krystal Frossard and husband, Justin, Amber Ball and husband, Austin, and Stephanie Elgin, grandsons Stephen and Christopher Elgin, as well as great grandson, Oliver Charles Frossard. He leaves a sister, Phyllis Nearn and husband, Charlie as well as nieces and nephews whom he loved.

Funeral services at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, Missouri Southern Foundation, the Community Clinic, or a charity of your choice in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory
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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Mortuary
    3701 E. 7th Street
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 10:00am
    First United Methodist Church Joplin
    501 W. 4th St
    Joplin, Mo 64801
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 |
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
    Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery
    415 N. St. Louis Ave.
    Joplin, Missouri
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Michelle Ducre

Posted at 08:33pm

My deepest love and prayers are with your family. Chuck was very special. I often teased and greeted him as being "my favorite drug dealer". He'd laugh and we'd have a good time caring for people at Community Clinic. It was fun trading my gumbo for his mouthwatering ribs. Chuck was the life of the party and your granddaughters were his pride and joy. He's gonna be greatly missed.

Love you,


Margaret Kimmons

Posted at 01:44pm
I learned so much as a pharmacy volunteer at the Community Clinic; I respected his experience, professionalism- my fondest memories will be of his dry sense of humor and his patience with this inexperienced, 'green' volunteer. Godspeed and bless you, Chuck.

Davin Vaughn

Posted at 01:43pm
I always enjoyed the times spent with Chuck. I'm sure going to miss his opinionated honesty. Rest in Peace ol' buddy, you were a huge part of our lives -Wilkinson Pharmacy

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Posted at 12:51pm
All our love, Phyllis & Charlie, Johnny & Angie, Chris & Christi, Mike & Debbie
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Nancy & John Messick

Posted at 07:27pm
Chuck and Doris became a big part of our lives in 2013. They shared so many wonderful stories of their travels. With Doris being a registered nurse and Chuck being a pharmacist, they were a resource medical team that could not be beat. If you ever wanted to taste an excellent rack of ribs, just have Chuck cook them! He brought us many of these tasty ribs as a surprise meal. Chuck use to laugh at Doris and I when we would head out for a day on the town and say "do not spend your money all in one place". When we would get back from lunch out and shopping, we would find Chuck home from working at the Community Clinic and in his office. He was usually on the computer putting a puzzle together electronically. Chuck was great at puzzles and playing card games on the computer. My husband and Chuck would always talk about teaching students to learn and earn their grades because their future careers depended on this. Chuck will be missed by so many. I do know that Chuck is looking forward to giving Doris a big hug in Heaven! Love, Nancy and John Messick

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