Charles A. Slye Jr., Viet Nam vet, champion billiards player, member of Elks, AARP chorus

By on December 7, 2016

Charles A. Slye Jr. (“Charlie,” “Butch”) of Ephrata, formerly of Audubon, N.J., was called home Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

He was the beloved husband of Beverly (Lape) (Buchter), Ephrata. He was born July 25, 1942 to the late Charles A. Slye Sr. and Mildred A. (Reynolds) Slye

Also surviving are a sister: Lorraine A. Slye (Robert Sikorski), Audubon, N.J.; and nephew: C.J. Sikorski (AJ Garcia), Orlando, Fla.

He was predeceased by a sister: Janet M. (Slye) Colodonato.

Charles proudly served his country as a corpsman in the United States Navy and was attached to the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Ephrata Elks, American Legion, and the AARP chorus. Charles was an avid billiards player, winning many individual and team championships. To the surprise of many, he loved to hook rugs and do counted cross stitch.

Charles chose to be living with, rather than dying from, cancers that he had endured over the last 12 years. Seldom was he seen without a smile on his face, or not having a joke to share. Charles was never shy to tell anyone who asked how he handled all the treatments he underwent: “My strength comes from my faith in my Lord.”

The Slye family has many healthcare providers to thank for their expert and compassionate care, but especially thank the many wonderful people who offered never ending prayers that sustained them through this journey.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Bangor Episcopal Church, 2099 Main St. (Route 23), Churchtown, Narvon. Interment of ashes will be held at the memorial garden on the church grounds. Following the service friends and family are invited to gather for a reception in the Parish Hall.

Online condolences may be posted at TheGroffs.com. Groff Funeral and Cremation Service, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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