Chalmer L. “Charlie” Reber, 98, of Grundy Center, Iowa, formerly of Decatur, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at his home of natural causes.
Charlie was born on September 23, 1912, in Decatur to Marion and Von (Baltzell) Reber.
He grew up and graduated from high school in Decatur.
Charlie managed a cocktail lounge in the Chicago area and met many famous Chicago baseball players as well as the “Three Stooges.” During this time he also worked at a defense plant in the Chicago area.
He was united in marriage to his wife, Florence, on April 20, 1940. They soon welcomed their daughter, Linda, into their family. Charlie relocated his family back to Decatur, where he began driving trucks and school buses. Charlie then began to farm his family’s farm and worked there until retirement in 1974.
Charlie and his wife Florence enjoyed traveling for many years. They saw much of the country and Canada, traveling in their motor home. However, on June 19, 1986, Florence passed away.
In the fall of 1986, Charlie decided to take a trip. It was on this trip to Texas that he met his special friend, Gladys Van Deest. They began their relationship and split their time between Iowa and Indiana. They spent 24 years together.
Charlie enjoyed dominos, bingo, casinos, and “good” scotch whiskey.
Charlie is survived by his daughter, Linda (Perry) Sheets; his grandson, Tyler (Kris) Sheets; his great-grandson, Austin Sheets, whom he adored; his special friend, Gladys Van Deest; and his special friends and family in Iowa and Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Florence Reber, two sisters, and five brothers.
A private family service and burial will be held in Decatur.
Arrangements were by Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.