Charles Strange, 87

Charles Clyde "Chuck" Strange, 87, of Wabash, died at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Miller's Merry Manor East in Wabash. 

He was born April 24, 1930, in Chauncey, Ill., to Frank "Smoke" and Bessie (Rosborough) Strange.

Chuck was a 1948 graduate of Lagro High School. and attended Manchester College and Texas Christian University. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in Korea during the Korean War.

He married Christina F. (Overholt) Ruley in Jonesboro, on March 1, 1974; she died June 8, 1997.

Chuck retired from General Motors in Marion after 40 years. He was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15, the Wabash Eagles Lodge, and was affiliated with the Lagro United Methodist Church.  He was an avid mushroom hunter, enjoyed being with people, telling jokes, and making people happy.  He also enjoyed barbecuing for the family, using his "secret sauce."   Charlie never met a stranger, and left his mark on anyone he met.

He is survived by his loving companion of many years, Betty Stowe, of Wabash; two sons, Rod (Flor) Strange of Costa Rica, and Doug (Julia) Strange of Port Orange, Fla.; two step-daughters, Jane (Gary) Barlow of Wabash, and Susan (Chuck) Cable of LaFontaine; two grandsons, Jordan Strange and Cameron Strange, both of Port Orange; four step-grandchildren, Nathan (Shani) Barlow of Fort Smith, Ark., Krista (Jay) Price of Huntertown, Kaila (Keegan) Pyke of Kokomo, and Kevan (Tiasia) Barlow of Fort Wayne; a sister, Frances Norman, and his sister-in-law, Millie Strange, both of Wabash, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Cynthia Wenger, and three brothers, Richard Strange, Harold Strange, and Carroll Strange.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Ben Backer officiating.  Burial was in Lagro Cemetery, Lagro.  Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are the Alzheimer's Association or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

The memorial guest book for Chuck may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Oct 24