Charles Willis Leffler, 76, of Okeechobee, Florida, went to the be with the Lord at 7:48 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017, in Okeechobee with his wife and all his sons by his side. Born Nov. 3, 1940, in Nashville, he was the son of Virgil and Thelma (Bay) Leffler. On July 25, 1961, he married his soul mate, Connie Marie Bowden, who survives.
Charlie served as a deputy sheriff in Brown County before joining the Indiana State Police in September 1966. He served for 34 years, retiring in November 2000.
He was a 50-year member of the Mason Lodge and was a past master of Jackson Lodge 146 and Order of the Eastern Star 134. He was also a member and deacon of Okeechobee Christian Church and former member of Seymour Christian Church.
Charlie loved spending time with all of his family. He also loved fishing, hunting and listening to bluegrass music. Charlie was a man of many talents and a “Mr. Fix It”.
Besides his wife of almost 56 years, Connie, survivors include three sons, Doug (Shasta) of Ocala, Florida, Dan (Barb) of Freetown and David (Denise) of Seymour; five grandchildren, Korbin, Jarred (fiancé Alyson Rohlfing), Blake, Ethan and Maggie; great-grandchildren, Clark and Ingrid; a brother, James (Phyllis) of Columbus; and a sister, Mary Ann of Rushville.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Freddie; and a granddaughter, Katie.
Pastor Bill Weaver will lead a celebration of life at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at Woodlawn Life Celebration Centre, 311 Holiday Square Road, Seymour. Jackson Lodge 146 will conduct a Masonic Service at 1:30 p.m. and afterwards friends can visit with family until service time at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made at the funeral home in Charlie’s honor to the Okeechobee Christian Church.
The Indiana State Police Honor Guard will be present to honor Charlie.