Sadness Over the Death of Chuck Surface

September 27, 2012
University Relations & Marketing
surfaceJOPLIN, MO (SNS) – The Missouri Southern State University community reacted with sadness today to news of the death of Chuck Surface,  a current member of the MSSU Board of Governors and veteran area businessman, legislator and public servant.

Mr. Surface, 68, lost a long battle to cancer on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
“We are truly saddened to hear of Chuck’s death,” said Missouri Southern President Dr. Bruce W. Speck.  “The entire campus extends its condolences to his family. Working with him and for him has been a great honor.  We all will miss him immensely.”
Dr. Sherry Buchanan, Chairwoman of the Missouri Southern Board of Governors, joined in expressing her grief on learning of the death:

“Missouri Southern was dear to Mr. Surface. We know that one of the things he wanted to do in his life was serve on the Missouri Southern Board of Governors.  We are glad he was able to accomplish that goal.”

Mr. Surface received a bachelor of science degree in marketing and management from Missouri Southern in 1969.

He was appointed to the Board of Governors on Oct. 26, 2011.  His term was due to expire in 2016.

He received MSSU’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 1987.

Buchanan recalled that Mr. Surface was eager to show his Lion Pride.

“When the legislation was enacted for personalized license plates in Missouri, Chuck quickly secured one of the very first numbers that mentioned MSSU,” she states.  “He was very passionate for the University.”

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Surface was active in numerous local civic and non-profit organizations.

He served for 18 years in the Missouri General Assembly, representing the 128th and 129th districts.
Mr. Surface was appointed Economic Development Director for Webb City in 2007.  He also worked as an insurance agent.
He was Presiding Commissioner of Jasper County from 2003 to 2006 and served on the Joplin City Council.
Mr. Surface and wife Sherry have three children: Jason, Christi and Kim.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Christ Church of Oronogo. Visitation will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. at Christ Church on Sunday.  Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home in Webb City.

Contributions may be made to Joplin Elks Lodge Christmas Basket Program or Joplin Humane Society.