Aug. 21, 1924 - Oct. 2, 2013
EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Charles L. DeFreese, 89, of Eagle Lake, Edwardsburg, passed to his rest Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Elkhart (Ind.) General Hospital, where he had been a patient for one day.
He was born Aug. 21, 1924, in Elkhart, the son of Charles and Dorothy (Noffsinger) DeFreese.
He lived for several years in Elkhart and graduated from Elkhart High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
In 1959, Chuck moved to the Edwardsburg area. He was employed at Elkhart Bridge and Iron as a machinist and worked at Elkhart Central Welding.
He was a loving and caring father and had an amazing sense of humor. He loved music and was a faithful member of First Pentecostal Church of Edwardsburg.
Chuck was married on Dec. 28, 1957, in Angola, Ind., to Clara R. (Montgomery) Lee. She passed on Dec. 27, 2000.
He is survived by a daughter, Ronette DeFreese of Edwardsburg; and a son, Michael (Dawn) DeFreese of Middlebury, Ind.. He also had a stepdaughter, Donna Pfaller of Mishawaka, Ind. There are 21 grandchildren, including Michael (Josie) DeFreese and James (Lora) DeFreese. He has many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Chuck has a half-brother, Dennis (Joyce) DeFreese of California.
Family who have passed are his wife, Clara; his parents; two stepdaughters, Mary Clark and Betty Wise; and two stepsons, Edger Lee and Harold Lee.
Family and friends may gather at Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main St., (U.S. 12), Edwardsburg, on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for a time of visitation. A service of remembrance will be Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First Pentecostal Church of Edwardsburg, 27341 U.S. 12, Edwardsburg, where family and friends may gather for one hour before the service. Officiating will be the Rev. Robert Geans, pastor of the church. Burial will follow in Prairie Street Cemetery in Elkhart. The U.S. Navy Honor Guard will render military graveside rites.
Memorial donations may be made to First Pentecostal Church of Edwardsburg.
Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main St., Edwardsburg.