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Member # 131
From: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
|posted 4/3/2006 3:43:04 PM
I am Charles "Chuck" Trusty's grandaughter, Lori. This is an article that ran in the Indianapolis Star and News Saturday about my Papaw. It is a good story if you knew him or not.
April 1, 2006 Indianapolis Star
A LIFE LIVED: Charles Trusty, 1921-2006
WWII veteran ran 2 area businesses
By Rob Schneider
When arthritis forced Charles Trusty to retire at age 50, his son thought it was probably for the best. With everything his father had gone through, including losing an arm to an artillery round during World War II, Ronald Trusty doubted his dad would live long enough to make it to old age.
"He fooled everybody," Ron Trusty said. Charles Trusty was 84 when he died Monday.
Mr. Trusty, Trafalgar, got a job with the U.S. Postal Service here after the war. But having one job never kept him busy enough, so he operated Trusty and Sons Gulf Station near the Marion-Johnson county line and then operated Ring-A-Bring Pizza in the Center Grove area.
To Sue Williams, he was a hero. Williams was a toddler during the war but got to know him at Faith Community Church over the past 30 years. "He even lost his arm so I could live in a land of freedom," she said. He nearly always had a smile and was upbeat, Williams said. "I just loved him."
Mr. Trusty went to Tech High School in Indianapolis, where he learned the printing trade. A friend persuaded him to get a job at a company manufacturing airplane propellers after he graduated.
When he tried to enlist in the Army, he was told his job was too important. He married Anna Jean Wells, and soon they were expecting a baby.
That's when the government changed its mind and drafted him.
His wife followed him to several Army bases where he received training, including one in Texas. Before going to Europe, he was particularly proud that he was able to acquire new tires for a car so his wife could make it back safely to Indianapolis.
But the minute he left, she sold the car and used the money to take a bus. She didn't want to try driving across country with a baby, Trusty said with a chuckle.
After losing his arm, Mr. Trusty had another worry. Would his wife still want him? He had watched as the wife of a hospital roommate who had lost a leg threw her wedding ring on his bed and said she didn't want to be married to half a man.
He need not have worried. His wife was just happy he was alive.
After learning how to do everything with his left hand, he enjoyed doing any number of things, including being a volunteer safety officer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for years.
On the Sunday before he died, his family gathered in his hospital room. When the nurse heard a lot of shouting, she rushed in to see if everything was all right.
It was. They were just watching a little NASCAR racing.
Other survivors include sons Dennis and Tim Trusty; and a daughter, Becky Davis. Services were held Thursday at Faith Community Church. Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center assisted with the arrangements.
Member # 124
From: San Antonio, Tx
|posted 4/11/2006 6:05:49 PM
Hi Lori. I thought your story was great. I didn't know your papaw. I was in the 17th Armored Inf. Bn. I am now 85 years of age, and have a grandson serving overseas in the army, and two teenage grandchildren in ROTC.
|posted 8/27/2010 7:39:47 PM
The story never mentioned WHEN your grandfather operated the Ring-a-Bring Pizza. I was stationed at Ft. Benjamin Harrison during the summer of 1974. Ring-a-Bring Pizza was a massive favorite in the barracks. I can't smell a restaurant pizza without being reminded of that wonderful time. Your grandfather sounded like a good man. It would interesting to realize that he was the operator of pizza joint we all loved. I stumbled across this article while I was searching Ring-a-Bring Pizza on the web (I smelled a pizza today and wondered if Ring-a-Bring still existed).