Charles Stiles Jr.


Charles Stiles Jr., 95, formerly of Ottumwa, passed away and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 20, 2023 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, IL.

He was born August 3, 1927 in Ottumwa to Charles and Era Holton Stiles. On March 21, 1947 he married Anna Marie Ware, who preceded him in death on December 23, 2008 and they had 61 wonderful years together. They had one daughter, Pamela Kay. On June 21, 2010, he was united in marriage to Mary Franklin, who preceded him in death in 2016.

Charles attended school in Ottumwa and worked at Burlington Railroad. He served on the U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Kitkun Bay during WWII in the Pacific Theater and was in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Sea. Charles worked at the Ottumwa Iron Works, owned and operated Stiles Storage, and retired with 40 years of service in the foundry and heating/cooling at John Deere Ottumwa Works.

He was a life-long member of First Pentecostal Assembly of God, where he served as a past board member, an usher and taught Sunday school. He loved to collect and restore antique clocks, enjoyed hunting and fishing, cared for his farm animals and many dogs, and kept busy on his acreage.

He was a loving husband and father who graciously offered life’s spiritual counsel.

Surviving is his daughter, Pamela (Donald Jr.) Patrick of Cameron, IL; two grandsons, Dr. Todd (Hilary) Patrick of Tyler, TX and Jeffrey Patrick of Galesburg, IL; four great-grandsons, Lance, Kyle, Bryce and Mason Patrick; a sister, Winifred Chenevert of Tucson, AZ and several nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gene Stiles. of Pahrump, NV.

Visitation will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Graveside services and burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 26th at Shaul Cemetery with Pastor Richard Schlotter officiating. Military honors will be conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.

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