Charles E. Hyre,
82, of Palestine, IL, died at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017, in
the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born April
25, 1935, in rural Palestine, IL, the son of Hubert and Gertrude (Cochran)
Hyre, both of whom preceded him in death.
He was also
preceded in death by his brothers, Larry Hyre and Wayne “Tony” Hyre; and by
one grandson, little Charles Edward Hyre.
He married Mary
Patten on November 7, 1953, and she survives.
He is also survived
by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Lynn Hyre (Ingleside, IL), Mark
and Melva Hyre (Subiaco, AR), and Richard and Dawn Hyre (Gainesville, FL);
by his daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Doug Burbeck (Eagle Creek, OR),
and Pat and Chris Maibaur (Genoa City, WI); by his 19 grandchildren, 22
great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren; by his sister,
Vivian Friedrich (Morea, IL); several nieces and nephews; as well as too
many beloved extended family members to count.
Charles grew up in
the Palestine area and was a 1953 graduate of Palestine High School. He
furthered his education at Valpo Tech, where he received an Associate’s of
Electronics Degree in 1955. He put his skills to work in electrical
engineering and design over the course of his 47-year career. Following his
retirement in 1998, he stayed busy remodeling his house and working on
numerous projects. Charles was, by all accounts, a master tinkerer, and
there wasn’t a thing the man couldn’t fix. He was always ready and willing
to extend his hand to those who needed his expertise as well. He was an
intelligent man, and though this was evident, he stayed incredibly humble
throughout his life. Friends and family will long miss his wonderful sense
of humor, his kindness, and the light that he gave to the world around him.
He attended the
Heartland Baptist Church in Hutsonville, IL, for many years.
A time of
visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December
14th at the Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine. Funeral services will be
held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday with burial following at the Oak Grove
Cemetery. For more information, or to share a memory or condolence online,