The family of a Kansas City area man who was killed in a Navy mishap in August are waiting for his body to be released for burial in Shawnee.
Charles Nathan Findley, 31, was one of 10 sailors killed Aug. 21 when their destroyer, the John S. McCain, collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.
Findley was an electronics technician, first class, who grew up in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas. His interests included rebuilding cars and working on computers.
“Charles’ sudden death has shaken the lives of those closest to him,” said a GoFundMe page set up so that family members may attend his as-yet-unscheduled funeral. The page had raised $7,680 of a $15,000 goal as of Tuesday. Donations in excess of what is needed will be given to Findley’s two children, ages 6 and 8.
Family members were invited last week to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to witness the arrival of the sailors’ bodies.
“It was very touching, very overwhelming,” said one relative who asked not to be identified. “It was basically a welcome home.”
Family members knew Findley was serving on the McCain, and when they learned of the collision they tried to reach him.
“He never answered,” the family member said.