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Charles Skiles


Charles Skiles photoCharles Skiles, 89, of Bringhurst, IN, went to spend eternity with Jesus August 31, 2015 at his home where he had been lovingly and patiently cared for by his wife. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013.
Charles was born to the late Harvey and Nettie Wise Skiles on July 7, 1926 in Rossville, IN. He later moved to a farm near Bringhurst, and began helping on the farm at a young age, learning early a strong work ethic.
He graduated from Cutler High School in 1944 where he enjoyed playing basketball on the school team. Charles was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren N.C. Cutler Ridge Congregation.
He married Mary Helen Long on December 7, 1950 and they lived on the family farm in Bringhurst for 38 years which he spent engaged in livestock and grain farming. In 1988 he and Mary Helen built a new home close to the farm, where he lived until his passing. Charles remained interested in the agricultural operation and concerns of his family and tried to keep up as best he could despite the hindrance of his increasing dementia. He deeply loved his family and all whom he came in contact with, being intensely interested in their eternal destination, often being heard to say “I want to meet you up there”.
He is survived by his wife and four children: Sharon and Lynn Peters of Bringhurst, Diane and Loren Peters of Ohio, Marcia and Robin Root and Larry and Joyce Skiles both of Bringhurst. Twelve grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren. Two brothers: David Skiles of Evansville, IN and Eugene Skiles of Florida. Two sisters: Mary Noll and Alice Hoover both of Ohio. Three brothers-in-law: Richard Ottinger, Russell Long and Dale Long. Two sisters-in-law: Marlene Boone and Charlene Lynch, along with several nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents, two brothers: Paul and Mark Skiles and a sister, Carol Ottinger.

Charles’ family will receive friends Thursday from 2-5 PM and 6-8 PM at Wheeler Family Funeral Home-Baker Chapel, 204 South Center Street, Flora, IN 46929. Funeral will be at 10:00 AM Friday with calling one hour prior at the Old German Baptist Brethren N.C. Cutler Ridge Congregation Church on State Road 75. Burial to follow at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Flora. Memorial contributions may be given to Serenity Hospice; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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  • Marvin & Kathryn Mohler

    September 1, 2015 11:17 pm ·

    Mary Helen, you have our deepest sympathy. To you children, Sharon, Diane, Marcia and Larry, never forget the keen interest your dad had in your welfare. He and I spent many long hours for the welfare of our children & grandchildren. I remember more than once, late at night, he would relate to me his joys, his fears and his interest in you. He had good advise for a person like me, several years younger. My mind is flooded. God Bless you all. Coming to IN won’t be the same.

    Marvin & Kathryn

  • Tom Armstrong

    September 3, 2015 8:04 am ·

    The first time I met Charlie and Mrs. Skiles was in the Mayo building in Rochester, MN. After I retired from farming, I worked during planting season at Crop Production Service for a few years. I would see Charlie there occasionally as well as some of his family members. Good People. Tom Armstrong

  • John & Pat Argy

    September 3, 2015 9:27 am ·

    Mary Helen & family,

    Unfortunately John & I are unable to attend the viewing but wanted you to know we are with you in prayer. We send our condolences to you and yours and will always remember Charlie & his winning personality. He was such a joy to be around. He was a good man & we know he is in good hands & in a better place, well again & waiting on Gods next assignment. In the meantime, may God also find a way to sooth your aching hearts until you all meet again.


  • Charles Heckathorn

    September 3, 2015 9:42 pm ·

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My Thoughts and Prayers are with the family during this time.

  • John McGraw

    September 4, 2015 7:20 am ·

    Mary and family I am sorry for your loss.
    I always enjoyed my visits with Charlie.
    He was very interested in farming and people.
    You have a wonderful family so enjoy each day.

    John McGraw


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