GIBSON CITY — Charles R. Berkler, 72, Gibson City, died at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday (March 3, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with James Vehrs officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Berkler was born Feb. 16, 1938, in Gibson City, a son of Richard E. and Eilene E. Adkins Berkler. He married Cynthia A. Snevely on May 24, 1986, in Lockport. She died Feb. 1, 2001.
Surviving are three daughters, April Robyn (Max) Flannery, Girard; Connie (Scott) Olivero, Paxton; and Robin (Ed) Broerman, Saunemin; two sons, Justin (Renee) Butler, Milan, Tenn., and Charles Berkler II, Gibson City; 12 grandchildren, Ryan (Briana) Flannery, Atlanta; Jeremy and Kyle Olivero, Paxton; Jolene (Bill) Ross, Bradley; Jonathan Perkins, Forrest; Patrick Long and Chase Broerman, both of Saunemin; Shannon (Brian) Broerman-Riddle, Chicago; Erin (Nathan) Broerman-Lowery, Chicago; Johnathan, Tyler and Steven Butler, Milan, Tenn.; and three great-grandchildren, Lexi Snow, Lannie Ross and Eli Lowery; two sisters, Eunice “Sis” Beal, Surprise, Ariz., and Patty (Bill) Lindsay, Paxton; a brother, Allen (Sherri) Lindsay, Gibson City; and his mother, Eilene Loeschen, Gibson City; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather and a brother.
Charles worked at M&W Gear Co. in Gibson City for 10 years. He then worked for GMAC in LaGrange for 18 years. He enjoyed playing cards, NASCAR and bowling. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. He was a wonderful dad, husband, grandfather and brother.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.