Charles D. Colley, age 81, of Oquawka, Illinois passed away at 9:15 pm on November 16, 2019 at his residence in Oquawka, Illinois. Charles was born on February 10, 1938 in Oquawka and is the son of Gordon John and Ida Louise Nelson Colley. He was raised in Oquawka where he attended local schools. Charles served his country in the U.S. Navy as an electrician for four years, and traveled the Mediterranean Sea twice on a minesweeper, the USS Sagacity. After his service he married Judy Ann Bielser on October 14, 1960 in Stronghurst, Illinois. She preceded him in death on September 7, 2012. Charles was a life-long mechanic and owned and operated his own Gas Station in Oquawka, Illinois. He was also employed and retired from J. I. Case Company in Burlington, Iowa. He and Judy were known as the best grandparents ever, always there for their grandchildren. Charles was an animal lover, an exceptional mechanic, and a gentle and loving father and husband. He was a private man, but would be the first to help anyone in need. He enjoyed playing practical jokes on his friends in his younger years and always shared his sense of humor with his family. Charles is survived by three daughters; Jill Colley-Knotts and Steve, Susan Bundy and Kenny, and Jane Alexander and Brett. There are five grandchildren, Kyle Bundy, Allison Bundy, Wade Alexander, Benjamin Alexander and Meredith, and Emma Alexander. Two sisters are surviving, Ann, Colleen, and, one brother, Dennis. Charles is preceded in his death by his parents, wife Judy, one daughter, Laurie and five siblings.
A graveside funeral service for Charles D. Colley is planned for Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Oquawka Cemetery. Interment with military honors will be in the Oquawka Cemetery. A memorial fund is being established for the Charles Colley Memorial Fund established at the Midwest Bank of Oquawka, Illinois.
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