VeteranCharles Dober

Charles DoberCharles F. Dober, 85, of Rushville died at 2:43 p.m. Nov. 30, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Morgan County, a son of Carl A. and Stella Leezer Dober. He married Helen Keller on June 5, 1954, in Schuyler County. She preceded him in death on April 18, 2002.

He also was preceded in death by his stepmother, Eunice I. Dober; one brother, Henry Dober; one sister, Frances Roate; two half brothers, Norman Dale Dober and Loren Lee Dober; and one half sister, Delores Mae Lawver.

Surviving are Alex Ring of Chicago, whom he and Helen cared for; one half brother, Roy Dober of Monmouth; and several nieces and nephews.

He served as a PFC in the U.S. Army during World War II. He assisted his brother Henry farming for many years and was a carpenter working for Les Ward for four years and J. Milton Haber for 13 years.

He was director of maintenance at Schuyler County Courthouse for 15 years, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and was a member of its military honors squad. He was active in the community including volunteering to place flags on veterans’ graves and around Rushville in honor of Memorial Day.

He was a member of the Walter A. Black VFW in Beardstown, Voiture 40 et 8 #1100, Scripps Park Wednesday Night Golf League and Ford Rhythm Lanes Bowling Leagues. He and his wife provided childcare to many young people in Rushville.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Burial will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with military rites by U.S. Army Honors Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Schuyler American Legion Post #4 or PLAY.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/3/2008